Plessy vs. Ferguson Ruling
On this day in 1892, Homer Plessy bought a first-class ticket on the East Louisiana Railroad and sat in the "whites-only" seating area. This act of civil disobedience, was planned by the Citizens' Committee of New Orleans. Plessy lost the Supreme Court case that bears his name, Plessy v. Ferguson. The resulting "separate but equal" decision legalized state-mandated segregation for the next seventy years. About this photo: Judgment in Plessy vs. Ferguson  Photo credit: US Supreme Court / National Archives

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