On a Monday May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. The Court found that a statute in Louisiana requiring railroad companies to provide separate passenger cars for the white and black races did not offend the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. In its opinion, the Court relied upon decisions of several state supreme courts which upheld the provision of separate educational opportunities for children of both races. For almost six decades, Plessy v. Ferguson was accepted as Supreme Court justification or authority for the maintenance of separate school systems in the South including Florida.
Hodges, William Terrell
"Segregation/Integration in the Middle District of Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 92:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol92/iss2/6