Today in Black History: June 7, 1982

Plessy vs. Ferguson Arrest Site

On this day in 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested for refusing to give up his seat on a whites only railroad car, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Plessy was born a free man and was seven-eighths caucasian descent and one-eighth African descent. Plessy was arrested for violating an 1890 Louisiana “Separate Car Act“. This incident was the birth of the legendary court case, Plessy vs. Ferguson. For more information on Plessy vs. Ferguson please visit PBS.org

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