Now Reading
Richard and Mildred Loving Plead Guilty to Marrying Interracially | Equal Justice Initiative

Richard and Mildred Loving Plead Guilty to Marrying Interracially | Equal Justice Initiative

Richard and Mildred Loving, African American Activist, Black Activist, African American History, Black History, Civil Rights Activist, Civil Rights, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, Wriit,

After marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving returned to their native Caroline County, Virginia, to build a home and start a family.

Their union was a criminal act in Virginia because Richard was white, Mildred was black, and the state’s Racial Integrity Act, passed in 1924, criminalized interracial marriage.

See Also
Julian F. Abele, African American History, Black History, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN, KINDR'D Magazine, KINDR'D, Willoughby Avenue, WRIIT,

Caroline County police arrested the Lovings in their home in an early morning raid and took them to jail. They were charged with marrying interracially out of state and then returning to reside in Virginia. “Miscegenation,” a felony, carried a penalty of up to five years in prison.


Scroll To Top