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November 22, 2021

Law.com | Originally published in the New York Law Journal

By: Joel Cohen

For The New York Law Journal and Law.com, Joel Cohen explores the significance of Louisiana Gov. Edwards’ promised posthumous pardon of Homer Plessy — the mixed-race man who in 1891 attempted to ride in a “whites-only” train car as a strategic challenge to its separate-but-equal laws.. The resulting 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson paved the way for race-based segregation until 1954’s Brown v. Board of Ed deemed separate inherently unequal.   

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