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Louisiana governor pardons plaintiff in landmark Supreme Court racial segregation case

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By Kathleen Flynn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) -Louisiana’s governor on Wednesday posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in the landmark 1896 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld the “separate but equal” doctrine and laid the legal foundation for decades of racial segregation. Governor John Bel Edwards, who signed the pardon at a ceremony in New Orleans near the spot where Plessy was arrested in 1892 for riding a whites-only train car, traced a line from the historic case to racial inequities in U.S. society today. “The stroke of my pen on this pardon, while momentous, it doesn’t erase gene…

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