Plessy Day 2017—125 Years of The Struggle Continues

Plessy Day 2017—125 Years of The Struggle Continues2017-06-03T15:23:29-04:00

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Plessy Day 2017

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Let Us Honor Our History and Ask the Question – Where Are We Now?

Homer A. Plessy Day was established June 7, 2005 by the Crescent City Peace Alliance, former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the Louisiana House of Representatives, and the New Orleans City Council. On this special day we remember Plessy, a shoemaker who was arrested on June 7, 1892 at the corner of Press and Royal streets in New Orleans. He was charged with violating the (1890) Separate Car Act of Louisiana, which mandated separate accommodations for Black and White railroad passengers. But, most of all we remember the Citizens’ Committee whose members (including Plessy) resided in the historic Tremé community. Their purpose was to overturn the segregation laws that were being enacted across the South. The commemoration and Challenge Continues…
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Join us for our 12th annual Plessy Day Event
Saturday, June 7th at 6:00pm - 8:00pm in CDT
New Orleans Jazz Museum—Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplande Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana

Hosted by the The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation. | Join Us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter. | Join the Event if you choose.

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The Plessy and Ferguson Foundation was created by descendants and direct descendants of the protagonists in the legal case (Plessy v. Ferguson) in which the United States Supreme Court in 1896 held that racially separate but equal public facilities were compatible with the US Constitution. Eventually, the US Supreme Court reversed that position in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. The descendants of Plessy and Ferguson have created the Foundation to perpetuate the truth that the doctrine of separate but equal is inherently unequal when decisions are made based on race.

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