Founder of African American Background Museum Uncovered Dead In Automobile Trunk

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Enlarge this imageSadie Roberts-Joseph established the Odell S. Williams Now Sammy Watkins Jersey & Then African American Museum in Baton Rouge, La., in 2001. She was a prominent civil rights activist and community leader.James Terry III/NAACP Baton Rouge Chapter hide captiontoggle captionJames Terry III/NAACP Baton Rouge Chapter Sadie Roberts-Joseph established the Odell S. Williams Now & Then African American Museum in Baton Rouge, La., in 2001. She was a prominent civil rights activist and community leader.James Terry III/NAACP Baton Rouge Chapter Police say they are searching for the “person or persons” responsible for the death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a prominent community activist in Baton Rouge, La., and the founding father of the city’s African American heritage museum.Roberts-Joseph, 75, was found out on Friday afternoon in the trunk of a automobile about 3 miles from her home. Police did not explain what led them to the motor vehicle where they found her body. According to The A sociated Pre s, investigators are waiting for a coroner to determine the cause of death. Roberts-Joseph was a respected civil rights leader in Baton Rouge. In 2001, she started the Odell S. Williams Now & Then African American Museum, which features exhibits of African art and tells the stories of minority inventors. It also includes displays of historical artifacts from the civil rights era, including a 1963 bus used during the civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.Roberts-Joseph was also the founder of the nonprofit organization Community Against Drugs and Violence, and each year, she organized a Juneteenth celebration, a commemoration of the emancipation of slaves in the American South. “We have to be educated about our background and other people’s record,” she told The Advocate newspaper in 2016. “Acro s racial lines, the community can help to build a better Baton Rouge, a better state and a better nation.”Roberts-Joseph’s Anthony Sherman Jersey sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate that Roberts-Joseph had come to her house, which was two doors away, last Friday because “she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven.””The bread is still there,” Johnson said. “She never came back to get it.” In Baton Rouge and acro s social media, the news of Roberts-Joseph’s death prompted an outpouring of grief and remembrances.”She was one of the last black oral street historians of Baton Rouge and dedicated her life to telling the story of freedom fighters in my hometown with the most beautiful art,” wrote one Twitter user Emmanuel Ogbah Jersey . “Rest in Power, Mi s Sadie. You didn’t deserve this.”Somebody really murdered Sadie Roberts-Joseph. She was one of the last black oral street historians of Baton Rouge and dedicated her life to telling the story of freedom fighters in my hometown with the most beautiful art. Rest in Power, Mi s Sadie. You didn’t deserve this. https://t.co/0n5Aco3RUP Let’s All Be Abolitionists (@jaZiFRESH) July 13, 2019 In a post on Facebook, the Baton Rouge Police Department wrote, “Ms. Sadie was a tirele s advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels. From a sisting with her bicycle give away at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV. (Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community.”The post added, “Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice.” State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle wrote in a Facebook post, “My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered! This woman was amazing and loved her record. She never bothered anyone.”