The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a renowned advocate in the Baton Rouge area, was discovered in the trunk of a car on Friday afternoon and local police are searching for the killer of the beloved civil rights activist.
For years, Roberts-Joseph hosted the city’s Juneteenth festivities and she also founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum in 2001. The community leader’s body was recovered at about 3:45 p.m.
“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community. We had opportunities to work with her on so many levels,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement. “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.
“Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice,” they added.