Baton Rouge African American Museum now back open to the public

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The doors are now back open at the the Odell S. Williams African American Museum which was spearheaded by the late Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

The museum closed back in April due to the coronavirus, but is back for visitors and is now being ran by Joseph’s son, Jason and his sister after she passed away nearly a year ago.

The museum has a range of vibrant exhibits, showcasing the contributions of local African Americans through history, across a range of different fields including, music, cuisine, and business.

There’s also an authentic bus from 1953 that was used in Baton Rouge during the Civil Rights Movement which was a blueprint for the bus boycotts in the south.

The museum is the only cultural and historical museum in the Baton Rouge that highlights African American achievers.

Joseph was viewed as an icon in the Baton Rouge community and put on a Juneteenth celebration every year and this year will be no different.

The Baton Rouge African American Museum (BRAAM), Community Against Drugs and Violence (CADAV), and State Representative C Denise Marcelle celebrate Juneteenth together in solidarity on June 20th.

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, for the first time in Baton Rouge the three entities that host annual Juneteenth celebrations are unifying in one common effort: The Inaugural Unified Juneteenth Caravan 2020.

The Juneteenth Caravan will line up at 10:30 AM on Saturday June 20th at Memorial Stadium where registered participants will remain with their vehicles for a brief Juneteenth presentation by Judge John Michael Guidry.

To join the inaugural Unified Juneteenth Caravan 2020, click here for a registration fee beginning at $25 per automobile. Event proceeds will be donated to the Baton Rouge African American Museum
Donations can be made at

Those wanting to visit the museum can do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations are currently being taking for entry.

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