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The inspiring story of how Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson, descendants of key figures in the infamous Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, have come together to fight for racially equality.
Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson were both born in New Orleans in 1957.
Sixty-five years earlier, in 1892, a member of each of their families met in a
Louisiana courtroom when Judge John Howard Ferguson found that Homer Plessy could be charged with
breaking the law by sitting in a train car
for white passengers. The case of Plessy v. Ferguson
the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that "separate-but-equal" was
constitutional, sparking decades of unjust laws and discriminatory attitudes.
Amy Nathan threads the personal stories of Keith and Phoebe into the larger
history of the Plessy v. Ferguson
case, race relations, and
civil rights movements in New Orleans and throughout the U.S. This second
edition includes a new epilogue describing a triumph that occurred a year after
the first edition was published. In 2022, the Plessy and Ferguson
Foundation, which was created by Keith and Phoebe in 2009 to change the legacy
of the case that links their families, worked with a legal team and won a
posthumous pardon for Homer Plessy.
Includes black and white photos throughout.