Louisana Governor Pardons Central Character In Historic 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ‘Separate But Equal’ Case; Descendant Says ‘A Truly Blessed Day for My Ancestor’ – Yahoo News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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After 125 years, the Louisiana governor posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the central character in the 1896 case Plessy vs. Ferguson which was the foundation of America’s system of “separate but equal.”

The state Board of Pardons recommended last November that Plessy be pardoned.

After accepting the recommendation, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a ceremony announcing his decision that he was “beyond grateful” for the opportunity to affirm Plessy’s “legacy of the rightness of his cause … undefiled by the wrongness of his conviction.”

Louisiana Governor Youtube Screengrab

Louisiana Governor Youtube Screengrab

The cause that reflects the then 30-year-old’s legacy of rightness was racial equity. NOLA reports that on June 7, 1892, the New Orleans shoemaker, as a member of the activist group called the Citizens Committee (Comité des Citoyens), purchased a first-class ticket and boarded a whites-only rail car to engage in an act of civil disobedience in protest of the state law that segregated trains.

He was selected because he was said to be a man of mixed race heritage (7/8 white and 1/8 Black). Keith


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