Founder of African American Museum Found Dead in Trunk of Car

The body of a 75-year-old woman who co-founded an African American museum in Louisiana was discovered dead in the trunk of a car Friday afternoon.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Baton Rouge community activist who worked with police on an anti-drug and violence programs, was found dead when police were directed to a car parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge and discovered her body in the trunk, officials said.

Police did not say how Roberts-Joseph died, nor did they explain what led them to look in the trunk of the car parked about 3 miles from her home. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, police said.

Roberts-Joseph helped found the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Source: Sadie Roberts-Joseph: African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunk |

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