Homer Adolph Plessy

Homer Adolph Plessy (HM8FA)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70112 Orleans Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 57.553', W 90° 4.311'

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On June 7, 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy defied a Louisiana law that segregated railroad trains on the basis of race. He was arrested and became the defendant in the May 18, 1896 United States Supreme Court decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, which condoned "separate but equal" facilities in the United States. Sponsored by a New Orleans group, called the "Comit? des Citoyens," Plessy's civil disobedience marked one of the first legal challenges to the separation of races in the south following the reconstruction period. Though he lost the case in 1896, the court later upheld Plessy's fourteenth amendment arguments in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education. The Comit? des Citoyens included Louis Andre Martinet, attorney and publisher of The Crusader newspaper, and Randolphe Desdunes, a writer for The Crusader, who is entombed in St. Louis cemetery No. II. Lead attorneys in the case were James Walker of New Orleans and the noted reconstruction author, Albion W. Tourg?e of New York.
HM NumberHM8FA
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 3:33pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 782590 N 3317874
Decimal Degrees29.95921667, -90.07185000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.553', W 90° 4.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 33.18" N, 90° 4' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)504
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1255-1399 Conti St, New Orleans LA 70112, US
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