Residents clean up Sadie Roberts-Joseph African American museum after it was vandalized

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“Things like this should be reported because if she would’ve seen someone get hurt or something dealing with their homes vandalized she would have reported them,” Chad George said.

Roberts-Joseph founded the city’s African American museum. At the age of 75 the civil rights activist body was found inside the trunk of a car.

George says he was the one that made the initial call to police to report the vandalism.

“Bricks was everywhere, the chairs [were] vandalized real bad,” he said.

Instead of just leaving the mess behind he started helping the best way he knew how, he started to clean.

“We need more [people] to come out and volunteer to keep an eye out on everything and just keep it going,” George said.

George wasn’t the only one. This insensitive act sparked others to come out and help as well.

“I’m out here with no pay. I just personally came out here on my own time and [I’m] just trying to clean up a little bit and keep it looking nice,” Tyrus Georgetown said.

Even through extremely hot temperatures Georgetown spends hours of his free time picking up and salvaging the historic museum.

“I just come through here whenever I go the time,” he said. “Before work or after school [I’m] just constantly checking on the landscaping and making sure it’s kept up,”

Cutting weeds and throwing out trash, both men say they do this because even though Roberts Joseph is gone, they want to continue to respect and honor her legacy and that starts with a clean museum.

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