AYA Civil Rights and College & University Tour 2015: Day Three (of Five)

Over the next few days we’ll be posting photos and reflections from AYA students on this year’s tour of Georgia — so please stay tuned!

Day 3: The Lucy Laney Museum and Paine College,
written by Loi Morris, 8th Grade, and Zxavien Lucas, 7th Grade

Today marked the third day of our college tour and our itinerary was packed full of excitement and adventure. We hit the road at 7:30am, heading to Augusta, Ga. On our first stop we toured the Lucy Laney Museum. Our tour director was Joyce Law. Mrs. Law is a native of Augusta just like the famous educator Lucy Laney. Touring was Mrs. Joyce’s dream job; she was very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Augusta. Lucy Laney founded the Haines Normal and Industrial Institute that is currently under renovation. Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church donated a beautiful grand piano to the Lucy Laney Museum. The Lucy Laney Museum has something for people all over the world to learn. One of the most interesting pieces of the museum were the quilts that displayed symbols the runaway slaves used to communicate with each other. After we toured the museum, everyone got on a trolley to explore a few historic places in Augusta related to Lucy Laney. We also saw two statues of James Brown and James Oglethorpe. Some of the seventh and eighth graders took pictures with the statues. After we were done at the Lucy Laney Museum we headed to Paine College. 

When we got to Paine we were scheduled to observe the rehearsal of the Paine College Chamber Singers, led by Professor Wayne Woodson. The Chamber Singers are known as one of the best College Choirs in the state! To our surprise, the Chamber Singers divided us up in to sopranos, altos, tenors, and base and we enjoyed singing along with them. Very soon, the singing turned into dancing, and we had an awesome time. This was definitely a highlight on everyone’s list. We then toured the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. It was one of the most beautiful sanctuaries we had ever laid our eyes on. The chapel is also used for various musical concerts and symphonies conducted in Augusta.  Next, we began our tour of Paine College which included trading baskets with the Paine College basketball team. That was a very cool experience for all the up-and-coming basketball stars! Our day ended with dinner and team building exercises with Mr. Thaddous, an educator, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and a friend of our very own Ms. Stanley. The workshop with Mr. Thaddous was very hard but it was fun and rewarding. Tomorrow, we travel to Savannah, GA making stops at the Pinpoint Museum, Savannah St., and a night on River Street!

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