Central Point, Virginia, Loving V. Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court Case Outlawing The Criminalization Of Interracial Marriage

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter grew up together and feel in love while living in a small rural town.

In 1958, the couple got married in Washington D.C., since Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act made interracial marriage illegal in Virginia. Once the newlyweds returned back to their home in Central Point, Virginia the Caroline County Sheriff’s office attested the couple.

The Caroline County Circuit Court ruled that the couple would not be arrested again if they did not return to their home at Central Point, Virginia for another 25 years after the ruling. The Loving appealed the case nothing that the barring of their return to their home, as a couple, was unreasonable.

After nine years of appeals, their interracial marriage case went to the U.S. Supreme Court to …

Richard and Mildred kissing after Richard came home from work in April 1965.

In May 2017, a historical marker honoring the legacy of the Lovings was erected in Richmond, Virginia. Mayor of Richmond Levar Stoney and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe were at the unveiling ceremony.

On June 2, 2018, the 50 year wedding anniversary of the Loving couple, an additional historical marker was added in Caroline County between Route 301 and Sparta Road.

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