“Heart of the Community” Hits Home March 13, 2014

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Lenox Theater. Photo courtesy of Historic Augusta, Inc.

Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell’s terrific article, “Heart of the Community,” in the March 2014 issue of Augusta Magazine captures the rich social, cultural, and economic history of the Laney Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

“As efforts to revitalize the neighborhood now known as “Laney Walker /Bethlehem” continue, a brief look back reveals the vibrant community that emerged here in the first three decades of the 20th century…
…While this cursory discussion fails to address much of the complexity of this neighborhood’s past in the early 20th century, it illustrates just how significant this history is to the neighborhood itself and to the entire city of Augusta. While African Americans lived in pockets throughout the area, it was the Laney Walker/Bethlehem neighborhood that was the commercial and cultural heart of the community. As part of the neighborhood’s revitalization, this story will be told on a Heritage Trail; perhaps this rich past can contribute to a new chapter for the ‘Golden Blocks’.”

Read the full article here.

Heritage Trail Master Plan Kicks Off March 17, 2014 March 13, 2014

LWB_HeritageTrailBrochure_ClipThe public is invited to learn about the proposed master plan for the Laney Walker/ Bethlehem Heritage Trail and to provide input into the history of the area and other information that will make the future trail more meaningful. The first of three community meetings will be held Monday, March 17 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the former Chamber of Commerce Building located in the median area of Broad Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets.

The master planning effort will examine the past and present of Laney Walker/Bethlehem through historical research and community input; determine the best possibilities for providing public access to the rich history of the area; and develop a master plan for an interpretive trail to encourage understanding and involvement by local residents and visitors.

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