Plessy v. Ferguson
Significance, "separate But Equal", Further Readings
Homer A. Plessy
J. H. Ferguson, New Orleans Criminal District Court Judge
That Louisiana's law requiring blacks to ride in separate railroad cars violated Plessy's right to equal protection under the law.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
F. D. McKenney, S. F. Phillips
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
M. J. Cunningham, Louisiana Attorney General
Justices for the Court
Henry Billings Brown (writing for the Court), Stephen Johnson Field, Melville Weston Fuller, Horace Gray, Rufus Wheeler Peckham, George Shiras, Jr., Edward Douglass White
John Marshall Harlan I (David Josiah Brewer did not participate)
Date of Decision
18 May 1896
That laws providing for "separate but equal" treatment of blacks and whites were constitutional.
- Strauder v. West Virginia, 100 U.S. 303 (1879).
- Civil Rights Cases, 109 U.S. 3 (1883).
- Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886).
- Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, 305 U.S. 337 (1938).
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
Bradley, David and Shelley Fisher Fishkin eds. The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America. Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1998.
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