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Homer Plessy Pardoned (2021)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2021-11-19

Duration: 00:06:45

Subjects: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) | Plessy, Homer Adolph | Civil Rights | Segregation


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Plessy, Keith Interviewee
  • Ferguson, Phoebe Interviewee
  • Williams, Jason Interviewee


This segment from the November 19, 2021, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on the Louisiana Pardon Board voting unanimously to pardon Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the doctrine of “separate but equal.” She interviews: Keith Plessy, a descendant of Homer Plessy; Phoebe Ferguson, a descendent of John Howard Ferguson, the defendant in the case; and Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams.