African American museum founder found lifeless in automobile trunk

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A 75-year-old Louisiana lady who based an African American historical past museum was found lifeless within the trunk of a automobile, and police stated Saturday that investigators had been working diligently to search out these accountable.

Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely stated investigators had been nonetheless ready for a coroner to find out a reason behind demise for Sadie Roberts-Joseph after her physique was discovered Friday afternoon.

The Advocate reported Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which she began in 2001. The museum sits on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church, the place Roberts-Joseph’s brother is pastor.

“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace,” the Baton Rouge Police Division posted on its Fb web page, including: “Our detectives are working diligently to deliver the individual or individuals chargeable for this heinous act to justice.”

Roberts-Joseph additionally organized an annual Juneteenth pageant on the museum, marking the date June 19, 1865, when Union troopers delivered belated information to Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all Southern slaves free. The doc had been finalized greater than two years earlier.

The museum options African artwork, reveals on rising cotton and black inventors in addition to a 1953 bus from the interval of civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge. It additionally has outstanding reveals on President Barack Obama, whose presidency Roberts-Joseph cited as an inspiration to kids.

“We’ve got to be educated about our historical past and different folks’s historical past,” Roberts-Joseph instructed the newspaper in 2016. “Throughout racial strains, the neighborhood might help to construct a greater Baton Rouge, a greater state and a greater nation.”

Beatrice Johnson, considered one of Roberts-Joseph’s 11 siblings, lives two doorways down from her sister’s residence on a quiet road in Baton Rouge. She stated Roberts-Joseph would come by every single day. Johnson stated her sister came to visit Friday as a result of “she had blended some cornbread, however her oven went out, and he or she introduced it right here to place within the oven.”

Gesturing towards her kitchen, Johnson stated: “The bread remains to be there. She by no means got here again to get it.”

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