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