I spent part of my winter break in New Orleans. And during a cemetery tour, I saw the grave of Homer Plessy.
Plessy, as in the famous "Separate but Equal" 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson.
What I didn't know is that the Plessy v. Ferguson case, which was applied to schools until the case of Brown v. Board of Education, did not start out as an education case. It was a case about separate transportation on street cars. It was a transportation case (think Rosa Parks), but its impact was felt on education.
|The family grave, which includes Homer Plessy,|
and is in French, says that Homer Plessy
died March 1, 1925, age 63. Photo by Ruth Kraut