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Plessy v. Ferguson Commemoration


Before it was appealed to the United States Supreme Court and became the landmark "separate but equal" Plessy v. Ferguson decision (later overturned by Brown vs. Board of Education), the case of Homer Plessy's arrest for riding in the wrong segregated rail car was argued and decided in the Sala Capitular of the Cabildo. This commemoration of the November 1892 case features descendents of both Plessy and Ferguson, the tablet from the Plessy family tomb (above, being blessed by Father Jerome LeDoux) and entertainment by Carl LeBlanc and John Boutte, performing the only known piece of music written for Homer Plessy. Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson, the great-great granddaughter of Judge John Ferguson, who presided in the state case, have formed Plessy and Ferguson, an organization dedicated to education and outreach about the case and its legacy. Both will attend the event. Free admission. — Will Coviello

Plessy v. Ferguson Commemoration

5:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 18

Louisiana State Museum, Cabildo, 701 Chartres St., 583-7309

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