Founder of African American History Museum found dead in trunk of car

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the founder of African-American History Museum was found dead in the trunk of a car.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, an icon in the black community and Baton Rouge Louisiana, was found dead at around 3:45 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

Joseph is the founder of the non-profit Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African-American History.

She was found dead in the trunk of a car in the 2300 block of North 20th Street, located off I-110 near Choctaw.

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Authorities have not yet released how she was discovered, and the cause of her death is unknown at this time.

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Her body was found  3.5 miles away from her home on Kaufman Street.


The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy to determine Joseph’s exact cause of death.

Authorities ask that if you know anything about Joseph’s death contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867 (STOP).


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