Richard Perry Loving

Richard Perry Loving

Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Death 29 Jun 1975 (aged 41)
DeJarnette, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Burial Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 26906872 · View Source
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Civil Rights Figure. A 1967 United States Supreme Court Ruling on a case involving his marriage to Mildred Jeter led to the striking down of all state laws that banned and criminalized interracial marriage. On June 2, 1958, Richard Loving, a white man, married Mildred Jeter, a black woman. 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. Richard Loving was killed by a drunk driver. His wife lost her right eye in the same accident.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Perry Loving (29 Oct 1933–29 Jun 1975), Find a Grave Memorial no. 26906872, citing Saint Stephen's Baptist Church Cemetery, Central Point, Caroline County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .