Museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph exuded a 'quiet power' as she enriched her community (CNN)

When officials in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refused to make black history part of the mandatory school curriculum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph created a museum dedicated to African-American heritage, friends say.

Today, the Baton Rouge African-American Museum occupies a four-room building under Interstate 10. It was first named for educator Odell S. Williams, whose paintings of black inventors adorn the museum's walls. A bus outside tells the story of the Baton Rouge bus boycott during the Civil Rights era. A room inside has pictures of Barack Obama's inaugurations.

The museum was Roberts-Joseph's "love letter" to Baton Rouge, a way for her to share black history with young people, museum volunteer Myra Richardson said.
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