Odell S. Williams African-American Museum receives big donation from Dept. of Corrections inmates

Odell S. Williams African-American Museum receives big donation from Dept. of Corrections inmates
Sadie Roberts-Joseph Museum Donation from Department of Correction. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Just weeks after being vandalized for the second time, the Odell S. Williams African-American Museum received a huge donation from Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) inmates.

Sadie Robert-Joseph’s son and daughter were present to receive the check in the amount of $11,350.

“We’ve had some unimaginable lows, but also some incredible highs,” Angela Machen said.

The donation was even more special since it came from DOC inmates. The inmates were able to take a tour of the museum that their donation will help grow. For example, Machen and her brother would like to add a library, staff, and expand the museum outreach program.

They hope to have a grand reopening and fundraiser in June to help continue the museum’s growth.

“Our inmate organizations are very generous, donating money each year to worthy causes. I’m very proud of them for helping the family continue the legacy of Ms. Sadie. This museum means so much to out community,” said DOC Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc.

The museum was founded by Roberts-Joseph in 2001. The civil rights activist was murdered in July of 2019.

“This is such a blessing. 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,” said Angela Roberts Machen, Sadie’s daughter.

“I’m amazed at the generosity. This is such a surprise, and it renews my faith in humanity. They didn’t have to do this, but it means so much,” said Jason Roberts, Sadie’s son.

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