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
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.