African American museum founder discovered dead in car trunk



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Police in Louisiana say the founder of an African American history museum has been found dead in the trunk of a car.

Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said Saturday that investigators are waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph. He said her body was found Friday afternoon.

Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which started in 2001.

The website of the city’s visitor bureau says the museum features African art, exhibits on growing cotton and black inventors as well as a 1953 bus from the period of civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.


BRPD confirmed that Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder and Curator of the Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History was found dead in the trunk of a vehicle on Friday.


The Baton Rouge Police Department is looking into the death of Sadie Roberts Joseph, 75 on Friday afternoon.

BRPD said Joseph was located in a vehicle at approximately 3:45 p.m.

The vehicle was located in the 2300 block of North 20th St., according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Police do not have a cause of death at this time and if you have any information about this case, please call the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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