Central Point, Virginia

The Unincorporated Area Of Central Point, Virginia – Where The Interracial Loving Couple Grew Up During The Era Of Segregation

The Old Store of Central Point, Virginia.

The unincorporated area of Central Point, Virginia is in between a passing road, on Route 625, and Sparta Road, on Route 630. Central Point is central to the towns of Bowling Green, Virginia, in Caroline County, and Tappohanock, in Essex County.

The origin of the name Central Point, for the unincorporated area, is unknown. During the time of segregation many interracial couples, of black, white and Native American heritage, would get married out of state and settle down in Central Point.

Richard Loving, who was white, and Mildred Pierce, who was black and Native American, were an interracial couple who grew up in Central Point. After their marriage in Washington, D.C., and returning back to Virginia, they both were arrested by a Caroline County Sheriff.

On January 6th, 1959, the Lovings were banished from the state of Virginia, after being found guilty of interracial marriage, in violation of the Virginia General Assembly’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The Lovings were given a one year suspended sentence, which could be imposed if they were found in violation of the court order.

The Lovings appealed their interracial marriage case, all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, in what became known as Loving v. Virginia. In 1967, the Lovings were successful in their bid to have interracial marriage banned in all fifty states, within the United States of America.

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