Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder Of Baton Rouge's African American History Museum, Found Dead

The cause of her death is still unknown
By Paula Rogo · July 14, 2019

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.

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.

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

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.