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Crime History: Arrest leads to 'separate but equal'

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On this day, June 7, in 1892, Homer Plessy was arrested for refusing to leave his seat in a "whites-only" railroad car in New Orleans. Plessy was seven-eighths white and one-eighth black, which, by Louisiana law, meant he was required to use facilities designated for "colored" patrons. Plessy's act of civil disobedience was a test case whose aim was to overturn segregation laws being...