Plessy vs Ferguson: Legal Segregation - Summary

Homer Plessy, a Louisiana man who was seven-eighths white and one-eighth black, bought a train ticket to travel from New Orleans to Covington. At the time - June of 1892 - African-Americans were not allowed to sit in a whites-only railroad car.

 Disregarding the law, Plessy sat in the “whites-only” section of the train. He was arrested thereafter and thrown into a New Orleans jail. His case, which he appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, was lost at every turn.

In this story about the case, meet Homer Plessy and the Supreme Court justices whose decision authorized discriminatory practices and racial segregation. Learn about the court’s phrase - “separate but equal” - and how Justice John Marshall Harlan viewed that concept.

See the original judgment, rendered by the Supreme Court, and read Justice Harlan’s dissent in which he predicted the court’s decision would “stimulate aggressions, more or less brutal and irritating, upon the admitted rights of colored citizens.”

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Apr 26, 2018

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