Activist And Community Leader Found Dead In Car Trunk

The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph 75 was found in the trunk of a car parked in the 2300 block of North 20th St just three miles from her home

Founder of Louisiana African-American history museum found dead in car trunk: police

Police did not reveal it was the body of the influential woman until the next morning, Saturday, when shockwaves started rolling through Baton Rouge just as tropical storm then hurricane Barry started sliding onto Louisiana's coast.

The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was located Friday but it wasn't immediately clear what led officers to the vehicle.

The Baton Rouge Police Department stated on Friday evening they did not know what caused Roberts-Joseph's death. The auto, which has also not been identified, was discovered about three miles from Roberts-Joseph's home.

In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant "to celebrate, to embace" African American history and to "learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity". "The development of The Odell S. Williams African American Museum is a testament of her visionary and pioneering leadership".

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"Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community".

She also founded Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization focused in creating a safer environment for children in North Baton Rouge.

"We have to be educated about our history and other people's history", she told The Advocate newspaper in 2016.

Roberts-Joseph was a respected civil rights leader in Baton Rouge.

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Police say that they are working "diligently" to find whoever is responsible. She said Roberts-Joseph would come by every day.

"From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City", said the NAACP.

Beatrice Johnson, one of Roberts-Joseph's 11 siblings, lives two doors down from her sister's home on a quiet street in Baton Rouge. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. They are asking for anyone with information on her death to come forward.

"The bread is still there", Johnson said, "She never came back to get it".

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