Plessys and Fergusons join to press for racial equality in Louisiana

By Kimberly Atkins

Dolan Media Newswires

BOSTON, MA--''It's no longer Plessy versus Ferguson. It's Plessy and Ferguson.''

Those words came from Keith Plessy, descendant of the man who tested Louisiana's law requiring separate railroad cars for whites and blacks leading to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Plessy v. Ferguson - which upheld the ''separate but equal'' doctrine for nearly 60 years until the Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

He was speaking to Phoebe Ferguson, descendant of the New Orleans Judge that upheld the law. That conversation led Plessy and Ferguson to found the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, designed to remind those in New Orleans and beyond of the lessons of that case and to press for racial equality.

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Published: Thu, Jun 9, 2011