My deepest condolences for the friends and family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph.
Known as a beloved activist, Joseph herself was the founder of an African-American museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sadie Roberts-Joseph founded the city’s nonprofit Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American museum in 2001. With an annual Juneteenth celebration, Joseph will always be remembered with the saying “Culture is the glue that holds a person together.”
Also being a founder of Community Against Drugs and Violence, another non profit organization focusing on creating a safer environment for the Baton Rouge community, Joseph was very passionate about aiding those around her in life and knowledge.
Visitors from around the world stopped to check out this unique museum filled with eye opening exhibits of African artwork and exhibits on Black inventors and the growing of cotton. There is also a 1953 bus from the era of Civil Rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.
The legendary museum owner was recently found dead in the trunk of a vehicle on July 12, 2019. Although it’s not clear how investigators were led to the car, thank God they eventually found her body.
The vehicle was reported to have been nearly 3 miles away from her home.
“Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the police department said in a statement. “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”
She was one of the last black oral street historians whom dedicated her life to telling the story of freedom fighters in her hometown.
May She Rest in Peace.