Police Say Sadie Roberts-Joseph Was Killed By Her Tennant

Activist and Founder of the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Has Been Murdered

Activist and Founder of the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Has Been Murdered

An arrest has been made in the killing of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Baton Rouge icon who founded an African American history museum, according to officials during a press conference on Tuesday.

Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum and hosted Baton Rouge's annual celebration of Juneteenth, which she fought to have recognized as a state and national holiday.

Police say Ronn Bell, 38, is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of Baton Rouge activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph.

The community organization Together Baton Rouge put together a statement that said Roberts-Joseph embodied everything that is right about her city, asking that we remember her life, not just her death.

Roberts-Joseph was found suffocated in the trunk of her auto Friday afternoon.

They do not believe the death was a hate crime.

Sadie Roberts-Joseph is interviewed by WBRZ. Police did note that Sadie Roberts-Joseph's body was located 3.5 miles away from her home. "It is really really hard", Armstrong told "CBS Evening News". The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Roberts-Joseph's death was ruled a homicide by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office on Monday. She also partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program. "She was part of the fabric of Baton Rouge, and that is why you see so many people concerned about her death".

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux praised the "swift" investigative work of both the Baton Rouge Police Department and the Louisiana State Police.

The NAACP of Baton Rouge wrote in a Facebook tribute, "We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday!" "I've known and loved Ms. Sadie for years and admired and respected her dedication to education and our community".

The Baton Rouge Police Department found the activist's remains after being tipped off by an anonymous caller.