People gathered to enjoy a free community meal for the Plessy Day 2014 event at the landmark site of Homer Plessy’s 1892 arrest on Press and Royal Streets, with entertainment by the Plessy and Ferguson Band.
Each year, Plessy Day commemorates the long struggle for civil rights in Louisiana and creates intergenerational conversations on race, class and equity.
On June 7, 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy bought a first-class ticket on a train from New Orleans and sat in a car for white riders only. Plessy was the plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson.
Events included student readings, a legal fair and educational films hosted by the NOCCA Institute, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation, Students at the Center, United Teachers for New Orleans and Beecher Memorial United Church of Christ.