This State shall provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races

from Justice Henry Billings Brown – Plessy v Ferguson on Rap Genius


The phrase “separate but equal” is the most famous take-away from this decision

In Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, the Supreme Court would overrule Plessy, concluding that separate is inherently unequal (at least in education).

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