Founder of Louisiana African American museum found dead in trunk of car

Source: The Hill | July 15, 2019 | Owen Daugherty

The founder of a Louisiana African American museum was found dead in the trunk of her car late last week.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was the founder of the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American History Museum in Baton Rouge, according to the Advocate.

Now known simply as the Baton Rouge African American History Museum, Roberts-Joseph founded it in 2001 to educate the community and surrounding area on African American heritage and culture.

Baton Rouge police said they did not yet identify a cause of death but implored those with any information regarding Roberts-Joseph’s death to reach out to the department.

“Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice,” the department wrote in a Facebook post Saturday.

Police described Roberts-Joseph as a “tireless advocate of peace in the community.”


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