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July 15, 2019

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Founder of Louisiana African American Museum, Found Dead in Car

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Sadie Roberts-Joseph, the founder of the Museum of African American History and a well-loved member of the Baton Rouge community was tragically found dead in the back of a car last Friday. 

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was found dead at 3:45 PM on Friday, July 12. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African Merican History. 

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A Mourning Town

Friends of the late activist poured in to share their heartbreak over the devastating news, hoping to commemorate everything Joseph has done for the community.

"My heart is  empty... as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered! This woman was amazing and loved her history. She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown, where she continually hosted the Juneeteenth Celebration yearly."

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The Baton Rouge Mayor expressed her sadness over what happened as well, saying Sadie was a mother of the community.

"I loved working with her and am saddened by her death... whoever knows what happened to her, please contact the authorities and say something. RIP my friend!!! #JusticeFor SadieRobertsJoseph"

A Call for Justice

Mayor Broome of Baton Rouge expressed her devastation on social media, now asking for justice for the death of her friend. The mourning mayor also shared how everybody, especially her, loved working with her. 

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"I've deliberately waited to comment because of the love and respect I had for Sadie; and because it was such shocking news. She loved this city and its people. Her commitment to the cultural and educational fabric of our community is beyond description."

A Visionary and Leader

She then commemorated the museum that Joseph started, which she said was something that came to life because of her pioneering leadership. 

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"The development of The Odell S. Williams African American Museum is a testament of her visionary and pioneering leadership. In the days to come, I look forward to offering a more comprehensive tribute. Please keep her family in your prayers."

A Reward for Justice

The city of Baton Rouge is offering a $5000 incentive for information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects for the horrible crime. 

Rest In Peace, Sadie. 

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