Baton Rouge Black History Museum Presented Check for More Than $11K by Louisiana Inmates


Over $11,000 was gifted in the name of Louisiana state inmates to an iconic African-American history museum in Baton Rouge established by a beloved activist found murdered last year.


Louisiana Department of Corrections inmates presented a check for $11,350 to the Odell S. Williams African-American Museum on March 12, local outlets reported. The museum, established by Sadie Roberts-Joseph in 2001 and named in honor of a Baton Rouge educator, has been closed since Roberts-Joseph’s untimely death.


The 75-year-old was found dead in the trunk of her car in July 2019, reportedly smothered by man she’d been renting to and who owed her nearly $1,200 in back rent. The suspect, Ronn Bell, was charged with second-degree murder and faces life in prison if convicted.


State corrections officials and inmates who spoke last Thursday said they were grateful to be presenting the gift, which The Advocate reported came from “inmate clubs and programs,” in Roberts-Joseph’s honor.

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