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The Supreme Court case, Plessy vs. Ferguson, stated that being separate but equal was okay. Later that case was overturned in 1954 with the Supreme Court case, Brown vs. Board of Education. This case was important because it brought segregation into the US, which left a negative impact in the American society.


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Plessy vs. Ferguson: Who was Plessy?

The Court's decision in Plessy v. Ferguson ushered in an era of legally sanctioned racial segregation. Above, an African American man stands...

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On June 7, 1892 Homer Plessy bought a first class ticket and boarded a "whites only" car of the East Louisiana Railroad in New Orleans. This was a test case organized by the Comite de Citoyens, with Plessy being chosen for "being white enough to gain access to the train and black enough to be arrested for doing so." After four years in court it ended in the landmark Plessy v Ferguson decision of 1896 upholding the constitutionality of "separate but equal" facilities. #TodayInBlackHistory

Louisiana Creoles who emigrated to Mexico to excape Jim Crow. After the American Civil War, many of the Creoles of Color lost their status and were made to join the ranks of the poverty-stricken ex-slaves. Having the advantage of education and financial resources, more options were open to them. When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against them with Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, a number fled the U.S. to settle in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Brown vs.Board of Education, 1954 was the case of all cases. It was the First supreme court case where African American children were allowed to go to school with white children.


Homer Plessy (born March 17, 1862) was the plaintiff in the landmark case Plessy v. Ferguson after being arrested for attempting to ride in a "whites only" railroad car. The 7-1 Supreme Court decision upheld segregation using the term "separate but equal".

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