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COURT DECISION
Plessy v. Ferguson
1896

Full name: Homer A. Plessy v. John H. Ferguson

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JUSTICES IN MAJORITY
Henry Billings Brown
Stephen Johnson Field
Melville Fuller
Horace Gray
Rufus Wheeler Peckham
George Shiras, Jr.
Edward Douglas White

DISSENTING
John Marshall Harlan

NOT PARTICIPATING
David Josiah Brewer

Note: Court justices do not represent any political party. The color of each judge's name represents the political party of the president who appointed the judge.

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Related Issues

Discrimination: Racial


What was this case about

The Supreme Court ruled that the racial segregation did not necessarily constitute unlawful discrimination.

The ruling allowed states to enforce laws that provided separate accommodations for blacks and whites. This included education, public transportation, and recreational facilities.

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