Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder Of Baton Rouge’s African American History Museum, Found Dead
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The iconic founder of the African American history museum in Baton Rouge was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, news that left the Louisiana community in shock.

Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said investigators were still waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for Sadie Roberts-Joseph after her body was found Friday afternoon, the Associated Press reports.

The details of how her body was found have not been revealed.

The Baton Rouge Police Department joins the community in mourning the loss of Ms. Sadie Roberts-Joseph. Ms. Sadie was a…

Posted by Baton Rouge Police Department on Saturday, July 13, 2019

Roberts-Joseph, 75, was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which she started in 2001. Her annual Juneteenth festival at the museum every June 19 was also a popular event.

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She also founded Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization that created a safer environment for children in North Baton Rouge.

We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph. From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City.#RIPower

Posted by NAACP Baton Rouge Branch on Saturday, July 13, 2019

The NAACP Baton Rouge Branch remembered Roberts-Joseph in a Facebook post.

“We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph,” the group wrote. “From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City.”

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and Baton Rouge community during this difficult time.

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