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100th Anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson (1996)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-05-17

Duration: 00:11:00

Subjects: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) | Plessy, Homer Adolph | History | Segregation | African Americans


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Duhe, Jeff Reporter
  • Medley, Keith Interviewee
  • Powell, Lawrence Interviewee


This segment from the May 17, 1996, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Jeff Duhe’s report on the 100th anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson, the landmark United States Supreme Court case that originated in New Orleans and upheld segregation through the “separate but equal” doctrine. He retraces the steps of Homer Plessy, the plaintiff of the case who challenged the state’s Separate Car Act, in New Orleans with his biographer, Keith Medley. Duhe also interviews Lawrence Powell, a professor of Louisiana history at Tulane University. Host: Robert Collins