Creole who violated Louisiana's racial segregation laws. The court's decision against him influenced the legalization of racial segregation everywhere in the U.S..
He was arrested after buying a first-class train ticket and sitting among white passengers.
The Plessy & Ferguson Foundation of New Orleans organization was founded in his honor in February 2009.
His parents were both French-speaking Creoles.
He and Ruby Bridges were both seminal figures in civil rights history in New Orleans.