Plessy v. Ferguson
Homer Plessy, a 30-year-old mixed race shoemaker, pleaded guilty on Jan. 11, 1897 to breaking a Louisiana law that required Black and white people to ride in separate train cars. He was part of a small civil rights group, the Citizens Committee, boycotting the law. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards pardoned Plessy in a ceremony in Jan. 2022.