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Plessy v.s. Ferguson
Published on Nov 18, 2015
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June 7th 1892, a new law in Louisiana requiring railroads to provide "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races."
The African American community wanted to test this law and Plessy agreed to be arrested for sitting in white car to put this law to the test.
The Plessy V.S. Ferguson Case
Homer Plessy, who is 1/8 black, sat in a white railroad car.
He was jailed for his offense of law.
Judge Ferguson ruled that he was in error.
Plessy complained that his ruling was unconstitutional.
Plessy's ruling was he must pay a fine of $25 or spend 20 days in jail.
On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in the Plessy v. Ferguson law case that separate-but-equal facilities on trains were constitutional.
AFFECT OF THE DECISION ON AFERICAN AMERICANS
This decision made it so segregation was LEGAL.
All the public facilities had to be separate but equal.
Unfortunately that was not the case.
The African American facilities tended to be inferior.
African Americans all over the country were outraged.