Rodolphe Lucien Desdunes

Rodolphe Lucien Desdunes was born in New Orleans in 1849, the son of a Haitian father and a Cuban mother. A career employee of the U.S. Customhouse, Desdunes was also a writer and a passionate exponent of civil rights in post-reconstruction Louisiana. Desdunes was one of the organizers of the Comité des Citoyens, the Citizens' Committee, a group of prominent Creoles of color who banded together to strike down the Separate Car Act of 1890 -- a valiant effort ultimately defeated by the Supreme Court's 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision.