The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation joins with McKenna Museums and Le Musée de f.p.c. on the 120 th Anniversary of the Plessy Decision, June 7, 2016, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
(Le Musee de f.p.c., 2336 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA)
On June 7, 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy was arrested for sitting in the “white” only car on the East Louisiana railroad, defying a local segregation ordinance. He later became the plaintiff in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Justices decided against him in the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896. May 18th marked the 120th Anniversary of the decision which legalized forced separation of the races.
Historians, legal scholars, and civil rights activists will discuss New Orleans at the forefront in the fight for civil rights. A relative of Homer Plessy, Keith Plessy will discuss his efforts to secure the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Homer A. Plessy. There will also be a special presentation by the American Judicial Alliance and entertainment by Carl Leblanc. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP http://www.facebook.com/plessyandfergusonfoundation