Homer Adolph Plessy (1862-1925)

Homer Plessy was the plaintiff in the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case which upheld racial segregation in the United States under the “separate but equal” doctrine established by the state of Louisiana. The Separate Car Act was a law passed in 1890 which required “equal, but separate” train car accommodations for Blacks and Whites. The ruling was overturned by the Supreme court in 1954 with the Brown v. Board of Education decision.

Suggested reading in regards to the case, “We as Freemen Plessy v. Ferguson” by Keith Weldon Medley.

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