Plessy Day Celebration: New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U. S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
Wednesday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.
A presentation by the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation marks the 125th anniversary of the arrest of Homer Plessy for violating Louisiana’s Separate Car Act of 1890.
Celebration begins with a Second Line led by the Carl Leblanc Band and features presentations by Keith Plessy, Dr. Brice Miller, Professor Jessie McBride, author Freddi Evans, and Dr. Michael White.
In his book We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson (Pelican, 2003), historian Keith Weldon Medley writes: “Though Homer Plessy was born a free man of color and enjoyed relative equality while growing up in Reconstruction era New Orleans, by 1890 he could no longer ride in the same carriage with white passengers. Plessy’s act of civil disobedience was designed to test the constitutionality of the Separate Car Act, one of the many Jim Crow laws that threatened the freedoms gained by blacks after the Civil War.”
All events are free and open to the public.