The 75-yr-old founder of an African American history museum in Louisiana was discovered dead within the trunk of a car in what police are calling a “heinous act.”
The body of Sadie Joseph — also a community activist who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and -violence program — was found Friday afternoon in the car about 3 miles from her house, police mentioned.
“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement. “Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or individuals responsible for this heinous act to justice.”
One of Roberts-Joseph’s 11 siblings, Beatrice , told The Advocate that her sister came over earlier Friday to bake some cornbread after her oven gave out.
“The bread is still there,” Johnson mentioned. “She never came back to get it.”
According to The Advocate, Roberts-Joseph based the Baton Rouge African American Museum in 2001 and was its curator.
She also organized an annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, marking the date June 19, 1865, when the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US state of Texas was made.
Louisiana state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle called Roberts-Joseph an “amazing woman” who loved historical past.
“My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered!” Marcelle said in a statement posted on Facebook. “She never bothered anybody, simply wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown… loved working together with her and am saddened by her death…. whoever knows what occurred to her, please contact the authorities and say one thing.”
Police mentioned an autopsy will be carried out to find out the precise cause of death.