A Louisiana Lady Who Founded African American Museum Killed Mysteriously, Body Discovered In Car Trunk

Louisiana on Friday afternoon lost someone precious to them. A Louisiana woman who spent her life in promoting the African American history and dedicated her time for the philanthropy works was found dead on the day. The 75-year-old, Sadie Roberts-Joseph was the founder of an African American history museum. Her corpse was found in a car trunk.

The Details

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, right, before the start of Stand Up for Children rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2004. Image Credit The Advocate
Sadie Roberts-Joseph, right, in 2004. Image Credit, The Advocate

Sgt. L’Jean McKneely of Baton Rouge police said that the cause of her death is still unknown. Hence, the law officials are in search of the person or person who is involved in the crime. “Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice,” the Saturday Facebook post of Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) reads.

The Museum She Founded

Baton Rouge African American History Museum, Image Credit: Chicago Sun-Times
Baton Rouge African American History Museum. Image Credit: Chicago Sun-Times

The museum that was founded by Sadie is now famous with the name Baton Rouge African American History Museum. Founded in 2001, its original name was Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American History Museum. It’s New St. Luke Baptist Church campus on South Boulevard’s entity. The advocate claimed that Sadie’s brother works in the church as a pastor.

The museum contains some of the beautiful exhibits of the history, the city’s visitor bureau website claimed. Exhibitions on African art, growing cotton, black inventors and a 1953 bus from the period of civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge are some of them among the list.

Police Officials Mourned The Loss

Sadie Roberts-Joseph. (ADVOCATE photo by Raegan Labat)
Photo by Raegan Labat/The Advocate

BRPD knows the loss very well and so is clearly visible by their Facebook posts. They mourn her loss by calling her a treasure to the community and advocate of peace too.

“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels,” an excerpt from the BRDP post said.

Further, it reads as “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). Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community. She will be missed by BRPD, and her loss will be felt in the community she served.” An image of the lady in talk with some BRPD law officials was also there in the post.


NAACP Baton Rouge branch honored her by stating her contribution in reviving Juneteenth. It’s a holiday that was announced by Union Army general in Galveston, Texas. It was first observed on June 19, 1865, for the grand occasion of all slaves’ freedom.

A reward of $5,000 will be offered to the one who will bring any information that leads to the arrest of accused, Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said.

State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle also paid tribute to Sadie in his Facebook post. Check it out here: