Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder of Baton Rouge’s African-American Museum, Found Dead in Trunk of Car

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a well-known activist, advocate and founder of Baton Rouge’s African-American History Museum, was found dead in the trunk of a car on Friday.

According to CNN, Roberts-Joseph, 75, was located Friday, but it still isn’t immediately clear what led officers to the car. The vehicle was about 3 miles from her home.

Per the Associated Press, investigators are working diligently to find those responsible. Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said investigators were still waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” wrote Baton Rouge Police Department on its Facebook page.

The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a…

Posted by Baton Rouge Police Department on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Roberts-Joseph was also well known for her annual Juneteenth celebration.

Baton Rouge’s NAACP chapter mentioned it in their memorial post about the city’s icon.

We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph. From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City.#RIPower

Posted by NAACP Baton Rouge Branch on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Sadie Roberts-Joseph loved ones and the city of Baton Rouge.

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