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Founder of the African American Museum in Louisiana found dead in the trunk



A Louisiana 75-year-old woman who founded an African-American History Museum was found dead in the trunk of a car on Friday afternoon, police said in Baton Rouge.

A death for Sadie Roberts-Joseph is not yet known, Baton Rouge police Sgt. L 'Jean McKneely said.

"Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice," the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a Facebook statement Saturday.

Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams From time to time African-American History Museum, now known as Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, in 2001

, said the lawyer. The museum is part of the New St. Luke Baptist Church campus on South Boulevard, where her brother serves as pastor.

The website of the city's Visitor Bureau states that the museum displays exhibits on African art, growing cotton, black inventors and a 1953 bus from the time of the Civil Rights boycott in Baton Rouge.

Police in Baton Rouge bemoaned the loss of Roberts-Joseph in their Facebook post, describing it as "a treasure" for the community.

wife. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community, "said the Baton Rouge Police Department, adding she has the opportunity to work with Roberts-Joseph on so many levels."

Ms. Sadie is a treasure for our community to "collaborate with its community-based organization, Drugs and Violence," whose "loss will be felt in the church," the department said.

State MP C. Denise Marcelle said in a Facebook post that Roberts-Joseph has sharpened awareness of African-American history.

"It did not bother anyone, just wanted to expand their downtown African-American museum," wrote Marcelle loved to work with her and am sad about her death.


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