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Gov. Edwards Pardons Homer Plessy (2022)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2022-01-07

Duration: 00:04:28

Subjects: Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) | Plessy, Homer Adolph | Civil Rights | Segregation


  • St. Cyr, Kara Host
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Plessy, Keith Speaker
  • Ferguson, Phoebe Speaker
  • Williams, Jason Speaker


This segment from the January 7, 2022, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kara St. Cyr’s report on Governor John Bel Edwards pardoning Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the doctrine of “separate but equal.” Her report includes highlights of the pardon ceremony in New Orleans, including comments by: Governor Edwards; Keith Plessy, a descendent of Homer Plessy; Phoebe Ferguson, a descendent of John Howard Ferguson, the defendant in the case; and Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams.