The Golden Blocks Project is an effort spearheaded by the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Named the Golden Blocks Project, in reference to the historic nickname of the corridor of business and industry located on or near Campbell and Gwinnett Streets, this project will create new public art that references the historical and cultural significance of these areas. Today, Campbell and Gwinnett Streets are James Brown and Laney-Walker Boulevards.
Individuals involved closely with the development of this new project came to the realization that there was a need for a literacy activity that celebrated the Golden Blocks for students in Augusta. Augusta University Professors Dr. Juan Walker and Dr. Kim Barker were originally planning create a curriculum around the Golden Blocks. Deciding to opt-out of creating another worksheet and opt-in to something a bit more engaging that might entice young readers to learn more about local history; centered around African American history in the Golden Blocks of Augusta.
The mission of the Golden Blocks Legends Comics is to serve school-aged children, university students, schools, and multi-generations of Augustans in the understanding and appreciation of the impact and influence of the rich history that includes the Golden Blocks era. In addition, they will serve as a model for others – regionally, nationally, and internationally.