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 Mildred Dolores Loving

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Mildred Dolores Loving Famous memorial

Original Name
Mildred Dolores Jeter
Birth
Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Death
2 May 2008 (aged 68)
Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Burial
Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID
26882925 View Source

Civil Rights Figure. A 1967 United States Supreme Court Ruling on a case involving her marriage to Richard Loving led to the striking down of all state laws that banned and criminalized interracial marriage. On June 2, 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man. Their wedding took place in Washington, DC because their home state, Virginia, had a law prohibiting inter-racial marriages. They returned to Caroline County, Virginia and were arrested, as their union violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924. In 1959 they plead guilty and were given a one year suspended sentence under the condition that they leave Virginia and not return for 25 years. In 1963 they challenged the law and in March of 1966, the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the law. On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled the law unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, (Loving v. Virginia) the 16 states which still had anti-miscegenation laws on their books were forced to repeal them. In 1975 her husband was killed by a drunk driver, and she lost her right eye in the same accident.

Civil Rights Figure. A 1967 United States Supreme Court Ruling on a case involving her marriage to Richard Loving led to the striking down of all state laws that banned and criminalized interracial marriage. On June 2, 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, married Richard Loving, a white man. Their wedding took place in Washington, DC because their home state, Virginia, had a law prohibiting inter-racial marriages. They returned to Caroline County, Virginia and were arrested, as their union violated Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924. In 1959 they plead guilty and were given a one year suspended sentence under the condition that they leave Virginia and not return for 25 years. In 1963 they challenged the law and in March of 1966, the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the law. On June 12, 1967, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled the law unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, (Loving v. Virginia) the 16 states which still had anti-miscegenation laws on their books were forced to repeal them. In 1975 her husband was killed by a drunk driver, and she lost her right eye in the same accident.

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  • Originally Created by: Eamonn
  • Added: 17 May 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 26882925
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/26882925/mildred-dolores-loving: accessed ), memorial page for Mildred Dolores Loving (22 Jul 1939–2 May 2008), Find a Grave Memorial ID 26882925, citing Saint Stephen's Baptist Church Cemetery, Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.