Plessy v Ferguson

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  • Homer Adolph Plessy
  • Maybe I could find a seat in the "whites only" area. 
  • You can't sit here, this is for whites only. I'm charging you a $25 fine and sending you to jail for 20 days. 
  • The Separate Car Act is unconstitutional!
  • Justice John Marshall Harlan
  • The Separate Car Act is constitutional.
  • Justice Henry Billings Brown
  • I hereby affirm the decision that the Separate Car Act law is constitutional.
  • Judge John H. Ferguson
  •  The ruling in this case essentially allowed states to continue passing laws permitting racial segregation in areas like as schools, public transportation, restrooms, and even restaurants.
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