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  • In 1896, Homer Plessy decided to sit in a white car of a train in Louisiana because he felt his rights under the 14th amendment were violated.
  • Plessy was then arrested because he violated the Louisiana's Separate Car Act.
  • Plessy went to the Louisiana State Court but the judge ruled that the state had the right to regulate railroad companies.
  • The case was then taken to the Supreme Court to figure out if Louisiana's law for racial segregation was constitutional.
  • Supreme Court ruled that the law for "separate but equal" trains for blacks and whites was constitutional and satisfied the 14th amendment.
  • This case set the precedent that separate facilities for blacks were constitutional as long as they were “equal”.
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