Plessy, Homer Adolph
"Homer Adolph Plessy, an African American, had boarded a train in New Orleans and seated himself in a "whites-only" car. When he refused to move, he was arrested for violating the "Jim Crow Car Act of 1890." The incident led to the Supreme Court case in which all but Justice Harlan voted against Plessy, affirming the right of states to enact segregation laws. The "separate but equal" ruling set the stage for the rampant racial discrimination that followed in the Deep South."--We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement WWW site, retrieved Apr. 3, 2008.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Freedom Riders' 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 (University of Mississippi Libraries)
- Voices of Freedom: The Virginia Civil Rights Movement (Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries)