In 1883, Lucy Craft Laney, an educator from Macon, Ga. founded the Haines Institute for Industrial and Normal Education in Augusta. The school would later become Lucy Craft Laney High School.

In 1885, the Rev. C. T. Walker, born in slavery, founded the Tabernacle Baptist Church on Ellis Street. The church still stands though now on the street named for him and Laney - Laney-Walker Boulevard.

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