Honoring PLACE: Revisiting the Train Tracks Where Plessy v. Ferguson Began and Plessy AND Ferguson Celebrated People, Liberation, Advocacy, and Community

Sponsor: Political Communication Division
Fri, 11/18: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CST
Room: Grand Ballroom C - 5th Floor 
This session will be live streamed and recorded for viewing after the convention until December 31, 2022.

On January 5, 2022, near the site where Homer Plessy illegally boarded a train to challenge Louisiana's "separate but equal" train law, Governor John Bel Edwards posthumously pardoned Homer Plessy. The 45-minute ceremony included speeches by Keith Plessy and Phoebe Ferguson, descendants of the two individuals named in the case. A musical performance by a descendant of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, the only dissenter in the decision, completed the list of people with ties to the case. This panel explores the planning behind the ceremony and the rhetorical strategies with an on people, liberation, advocacy, community, and environment.


Dorthy L. Pennington, University of Kansas  - Contact Me


Diana B. Carlin, Saint Louis University  - Contact Me
Keith Plessy, Plessy and Ferguson Foundation  - Contact Me
Phoebe Ferguson, Plessy and Ferguson Foundation  - Contact Me
Carolyn Calloway-Thomas, Indiana University  - Contact Me


Dorthy L. Pennington, University of Kansas  - Contact Me


African American Communication and Culture Division
Black Caucus
Emphasizing Liberation
Emphasizing Place
NCA First Vice President
Political Communication Division