Incarcerated People Donate Thousands to Baton Rouge African-American Museum

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Mar 16, 2020

To commemorate the life of the late Sadie Roberts-Joseph—the 75-year-old Baton Rouge community activist who was found dead in the trunk of a car in July 2019—people incarcerated via the Louisiana Department of Corrections recently donated $11,350. The money will be used to support Roberts-Joseph’s Baton Rouge African-American Museum, WBRZ reported Monday (March 16).

Though the museum is currently closed with an expected reopening in June 2020, and Robert-Joseph’s son and daughter said the donation may be used to create a new library and expand outreach. “This museum meant so much to our mother, and it means so much to us to have these incarcerated individuals dig deep and give so much to keep this museum open,” Robert-Joseph’s daughter, Angela Roberts Machen, told WBRZ.

The museum, which Robert-Joseph founded in 2001, exhibits African art, and provides history on growing cotton and Black inventors. To learn more about the museum, visit here.