Sadie Roberts-Joseph was beloved by her community. She founded the Odell S. Williams Now & Then African American Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2001. Her work didn’t stop there, but unfortunately, her life was cut short by a terrible tragedy.
Sadie Roberts-Joseph was found dead in the trunk of a car a few miles from her home. The police came across her body and it left the community understandably devastated. People wondered who would do this and why.
It was announced that she was killed by a tenant of hers who was behind on rent. People initially wondered if her killing was the result of a racist attack because of this political climate.
NPR reports that “Roberts-Joseph was also the founder of the nonprofit organization Community Against Drugs and Violence, and each year, she organized a Juneteenth celebration.” So it’s important to remember her for her amazing contributions.
Tragedies like this occur far too often, but there’s a great way to honor Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s memory: by continuing the work she did, which showed great love and admiration for our community. Rest in peace Sadie, and thank you for all you did!