Louisiana officials vote to pardon de-segregationist Homer Plessy

Louisiana officials vote to pardon de-segregationist Homer Plessy


Louisiana officials have pardoned pioneering de-segregationist Homer Plessy.

Plessy, then a 30-year-old Creole shoemaker, sat in a “whites-only” train car in 1892 to protest discrimination – a move that ultimately backfired and led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling affirming state segregation laws.

The state Board of Pardons’ unanimous decision Friday to clear Plessy’s record now goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is expected to sign off, according to the Associated Press.

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Plessy v. Ferguson led to a justification of racial segregation for another 50 years, allowing for whites-only spaces in trains, buses and other public accommodations.

The top court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, related to Topeka, Kansas, eclipsed that case. Brown led to the

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