African American museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph death ruled homicide, coroner finds

16 Juillet, 2019, 12:43 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Baton Rouge Police

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, an activist and the founder of the Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was recently found dead in the trunk of a vehicle according to reports.

Investigators have been tight-lipped about potential suspects or a possible motive, but two city politicians close to Roberts-Joseph - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Louisiana Rep. C. Denise Marcelle - confirmed her murder in separate social media posts. The final autopsy report could take up to 90 days.

A Louisiana woman by the name of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was found dead in the trunk of a auto, according to a report from the New York Post.

A community leader who founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001 and pushed to elevate Juneteenth to a state and national holiday honoring the freeing of US slaves, Roberts-Joseph's death was mourned by local groups and officials, who praised her legacy.

The slaying of Roberts-Joseph, who was well known in Baton Rouge, came as a complete shock for her family and the community. "She will be missed by [the Baton Rouge Police Department] and her loss will be felt in the community she served", the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a Facebook post.

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"Let's remember: It's not enough that we talk about her infectious smile, nice demeanor or knowledge she possessed about our history; but let's make sure that her museum is kept open and expanded for our future generations", Marcelle said. From assisting with her bicycle give away at the African American Museum to working with the organization she started called CADAV [Community Against Drugs and Violence].

"The bread is still there", she said.

"Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace", the police department said in a statement. "She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American museum downtown. When our investigation involves an innocent victim, such as Ms. Sadie Joseph, it is particularly tragic", said East Baton Rouge coroner Beau Clark. "Across racial lines, the community can help to build a better Baton Rouge, a better state and a better nation".

Below, Roberts Joseph discusses the museum in a video interview on Cox Media.

'We have to be educated about our history and other people's history, ' Roberts-Joseph told the newspaper in 2016.

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