Berea College is forced to segregate after Kentucky passes a law-making teaching Black and white students in the same institution illegal.
1908 (Jan 15)
The Kentucky legislature passed a law that made illegal the teaching of Black and white students in the same institution. Berea College had been an integrated institution for more than fifty-five years but was required, by this new law, to segregate. Berea sued on grounds that it was a private institution and therefore, not required by the law to comply. But the U.S. supreme court upheld its Plessy v. Ferguson decision of 1896 which mandated separate but equal facilities.