Founder of African-American History Museum Found Dead in Trunk of vehicle

The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph 75 was found in the trunk of a car parked in the 2300 block of North 20th St just three miles from her home

The 75-year-old founder of an African American history museum in Louisiana was found dead in the trunk of a auto in what police are calling a "heinous act".

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Baton Rouge community activist who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed to a vehicle parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge and discovered her body in the trunk, officials said.

Sunday evening, police told WBRZ they had questioned a series of people and were overwhelmed with offers from people to help chase leads and garner tips about how Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was killed.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroners office was reportedly scheduled to conduct an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

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

An African-American museum founder was found dead in a vehicle trunk in Louisiana in what homicide investigators have described as a "heinous act". It also includes displays of historical artifacts from the civil rights era, including a 1963 bus used during the civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.

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An icon of the Baton Rouge community was found dead in the trunk of a auto Friday afternoon.

State Representative C. Denise Marcelle said in a Facebook post that the activist "never bothered anyone" and was looking to expand her museum. It also has prominent exhibits on President Barack Obama, whose presidency Roberts-Joseph cited as an inspiration to children.

Our thoughts are with her family, friends and Baton Rouge community during this hard time. "You didn't deserve this".

"Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community", the police department said in a Facebook post.

She also organized the city's annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the US, and partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program. "(Community Against Drugs and Violence) Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community".

Police said the community is "very vocal about wanting whoever responsible brought to justice".

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