The 1896 trail cemented Jim Crow as the law of the land, upholding the then legality of racial segregation in the U.S.
The two launched the Plessy & Ferguson foundation last week as a way to celebrate the the historic case and as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation.
“The first thing I said to her,” recalled Plessy, “was, ‘Hey, it’s no longer Plessy versus Ferguson. It’s Plessy and Ferguson.’ ”
Her first reaction was to apologize.
“I don’t know why,” she said in an interview. “It’s just that I felt the burden of it, this great injustice.”