Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Before Rosa Parks

Many are the tributes to Rosa Parks today.

But it is of import to remember the man who came before her: Homer Plessy, an octoroon, and if you are too young to know what that means, you are blessed with ignorance.

On June 7, 1892, Plessy purchased a first-class ticket on the East Louisiana Railway from New Orleans to Covington. He sat in the whites only section and was arrested. He was convicted of breaking the law and fined $25.

Read more at my blog, Don Surber. Linked to: Florida Masochist.

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