The founder of an African-American history museum in Louisiana was found dead in the trunk of a car on Friday night, police said.
The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was found in the trunk of a car. The lawyer reported that she was in the 2300 block on North 20th Street, just five kilometers from her home, citing police from Baton Rouge parked.
It was not immediately clear who discovered the body and the police did not issue a cause of death.
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In a Facebook post, the police mourned the loss of Roberts-Joseph they referred to as the "treasure of our church".
Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had the opportunity to work with her on so many levels … Ms. Sadie is a treasure in our church, she is missing from BRPD, and her loss will be felt in the church that serves her.
MP C. Denise Marcelle also went to Facebook to say she was "saddened by her death".
Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which began in 2001.
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The Urban Visitors Bureau website features African art, exhibits on growing cotton and black inventors, and a 1953 Civil Rights boycott bus in Baton Rouge shown.
] Associated Press has contributed to this report.