What was the Supreme Court's decision in the Plessy v Ferguson case?

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Plessy v Ferguson was a very important Supreme Court case. Homer Plessy was upset that he had to sit in a train car reserved for African-Americans. He challenged the Separate Car Act in Louisiana by sitting a train car reserved for whites. As a result, he was arrested. Homer Plessy...

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Plessy v Ferguson was a very important Supreme Court case. Homer Plessy was upset that he had to sit in a train car reserved for African-Americans. He challenged the Separate Car Act in Louisiana by sitting a train car reserved for whites. As a result, he was arrested. Homer Plessy sued, and the Supreme Court eventually heard the case.

The Supreme Court, by a 7-1 vote, stated that it was acceptable to have separate facilities for different races as long as those facilities were equal in quality. This decision confirmed that segregation was legal. Throughout the South, laws were passed that created separate bathrooms, separate seating sections in theaters and on buses, as well as separate drinking fountains. It wasn’t until 1954 that the decision was overturned in the Brown v Board of Education case. 

Plessy v Ferguson established the "separate but equal" doctrine.

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