Sadie Roberts Joseph, 75 was found dead in the trunk of a car Friday. The cause of her death is still being determined. She was not only an activist but the founder of an African American museum in Baton Rouge.
Sources say, the car was found 3 miles from the home of Joseph. It has not been revealed what led officers to the car initially.
She founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum in 2001. Joseph had been hosting the city’s Juneteenth celebrations for many years. She worked endlessly, advocating for peace within the community. Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization which focused on creating a safer environment for the children of North Baton Rouge was also founded by Joseph. She had been looking into expanding her museum, reported State Representative C. Denise Marcelle in a Facebook post.
In another Facebook post, the NAACP Baton Rouge Branch remembers Roberts-Joseph,
“We lost a cultural legend yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph”. The group posted, “From reviving Juneteenth, to the cultural preserved at her museum, she was a trendsetter & icon in our city”.
This is a huge loss for all parties involved, family, friends, the community, the culture and most of all our history. Just thrown the rest of the year away.