Community members gather to celebrate Baton Rouge icons for Black History Month

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BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – In the face of desecration Jason Roberts decided to pull strength from a familiar place.

“We are still here. My mother may be gone, but the museum is still here the mission is still going on and we are still actively in it,” Roberts says.


In the early hours of the morning, someone left this tag on a painted pillar outside the late Sadie Robert-Joseph’s Now and Then African-American Museum. The paintings were meant to honor enslaved Africans, but tonight, Roberts’ says it’s a reminder that there’s still work to be done.


“I think it was meant to deter us. And the fact that we decided to leave it uncovered and proceed with the program as scheduled is a testament to our dedication,” Roberts says.

Roberts work started today. He made his official debut as the museum’s curator and held a program honoring his mother and the end of one of her favorite months: February. In the house that she built speakers and artists shared black talents and contributions to Baton Rouge and the nation.

In the face of last night’s shadow, Roberts hopes that other people can pull pride from this Baton Rouge staple.

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