French Ambassador to Honor Plessy During Louisiana Visit

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France’s ambassador to the U.S. plans to attend a ceremony honoring Homer Plessy during a visit to Louisiana.

Posted: Nov 29, 2021 2:44 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — France’s ambassador to the U.S. plans to attend a ceremony honoring Homer Plessy during a visit to Louisiana to strengthen longstanding ties between his country and the state.

Plessy’s decision to sit in a “whites-only” railroad car to protest discrimination led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling affirming state segregation laws.

A Louisiana board earlier this month voted in favor of a posthumous pardon for Plessy. News outlets report that Ambassador Philippe Etienne is scheduled to attend a ceremony for Plessy on Tuesday during a three-day visit to Louisiana.

He is also expected to meet Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

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