Baton Rouge community ICON AND founder of an African-American history museum in Louisiana, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75 was found dead in the trunk of a car on Friday night.
According to report, the 75-year-old founder of The Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History was found in a car on the 2300 block of North 20th Street, just 3.5 miles away from her home. A cause of death is still unknown.
Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said Saturday that investigators are waiting for a coroner to determine the exact cause of Roberts-Joseph’s death.
The museum she founded in 2001 features exhibits on growing cotton, black entrepreneurship, and a 1953 bus from the Baton Rouge’s civil rights boycotts.
Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels … Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served.”