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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has the opportunity to posthumously pardon Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in the landmark “separate but equal” 1896 Supreme Court. Plessy v. Ferguson Ruling Joe died with conviction on his record of refusing to vacate his seat in the only white train car.

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On Friday, the state pardon board voted unanimously to recommend clemency placey, a mixed-race Creole man who was arrested in 1892 after he hit a white section of a train as part of an organized effort to challenge a state law requiring railway companies to segregate train passengers was aboard.

Plessy’s case made it to the US Supreme Court in 1896, when the judges ruled Plessy v. Ferguson The Louisiana law was constitutional because the law stipulated the same quality for train cars.

About 130 years later, Plessy’s descendants began an attempt to get his record cleared, with the aid of the New Orleans District Attorney’s office, which once held Plessey and even the relatives of the judge who convicted him, John H. Ferguson was prosecuted.

The name of the clearing place will help them remember it as just “the” separation poster childKeith Plessy, relative of Plessy, told Guardian, the campaigner would like to add “[honor] By correctly recognizing that the law itself was a crime.”

Plessy’s record is now in the hands of the state’s Democratic governor, Bel Edwards, who must sign any pardons.

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