New historical marker at Royal and Press Streets
.Today the little one and I walked down to to corner of Royal and Press streets where a ceremony was taking place to unveil the new historical marker to mark the spot where Homer Plessy boarded a train in 1892 and was subsequently arrested. This led to the court case of Plessy V Ferguson
which in turn led to the formalizing of ‘separate but equal’ which stood until Brown V The Board of Education
in 1954. It also happened to be the 200th anniversary of Abe Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the NAACP so it was actually a pretty big event. Obviously bigger than anyone organizing thought it would be anyway. It was great to be there when something like this was announced to the public. It is great to have an historical marker for all to see and to have the privilege to live just blocks away from the place where such an important piece of history occurred. Although the little guy had more fun running around in circles in the green space behind all the action I am still happy to have the opportunity to take him to things like this and one day I will tell him about it and I hope I have raised him to care that he was there today.