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Loving v. Virginia

 
 
<i>Loving v. Virginia</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
1. Loving v. Virginia Marker
Inscription. Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, defined under Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act as an interracial couple, married in June 1958 tn Washington, D.C and returned home to Caroline County, Arrested in July for violating Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage, the Lovings were convicted and sentenced to one year in jail, suspended on the condition that they leave Virginia. In 1963 they obtained help from the American Civil Liberties Union, which unsuccessfully sought to reverse their convictions in the state courts of Virginia and then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in the case Loving v. Virginia (1967), overturned all state laws restricting marriage on the basis of race.
 
Erected 2017 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-232.)
 
Location. 37° 32.374′ N, 77° 25.929′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Broad Street and North 11th Street, on the right when traveling east on East Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1111 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Civil Rights Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Hunter Holmes McGuire, M.D.
<i>Loving v. Virginia</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
2. Loving v. Virginia Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governor Edmund Randolph (about 300 feet away); John Tyler (about 300 feet away); Birthplace of Cardiac Transplantation (about 300 feet away); Thomas J. Jackson, General CSA (about 300 feet away); Virginia’s Executive Mansion (about 300 feet away); The Executive Mansion of Virginia (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry. “In 1964, frustrated by their inability to travel together to visit their families in Virginia, as well as their social isolation and financial difficulties in Washington, Mildred Loving wrote in protest to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy referred her to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU assigned volunteer cooperating attorneys Bernard S. Cohen and Philip J. Hirschkop, who filed a motion on behalf of the Lovings in the Virginia Caroline County Circuit Court, that requested the court to vacate the criminal judgments and set aside the Lovings’ sentences on the grounds that the Virginia
Patrick Henry Building image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 3, 2017
3. Patrick Henry Building
Formerly designated simply as the “Old State Library” or the “Virginia State Library and Archives and Virginia Supreme Court,” it was renovated, then rededicated and renamed for the founding father and former Virginia Governor Patrick Henry on June 13, 2005. The marker can be seen just to the left of the do-not-enter sign on the corner of the building.
miscegenation statutes ran counter to the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.” (Submitted on September 10, 2017.) 

2. Recent dedication of marker commemorating Loving v. Virginia spurs controversy. 2017 article by Adele Uphaus-Conner in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. “But where the marker was dedicated that day—in front of the Patrick Henry Building next to Capitol Square in Richmond—is not where the state Department of Historic Resources planned for it to be. Up until two weeks before the ceremony, the marker was supposed to be installed in Caroline County.” (Submitted on September 10, 2017.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Richard and Mildred Loving image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Richard and Mildred Loving
This photo of Richard (1933-1975) and Mildred (1939-2008) Loving by Grey Villet hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“In 1963 Richard and Mildred Loving went to court to challenge the Virginia law that made their interracial marriage a crime. After marrying in Washington, D.C., in 1958, the couple returned to live in Virginia, where they were jailed for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act. The Lovings pleaded guilty but received suspended sentences, contingent upon their leaving the state and not returning together for twenty-five years. They moved to Washington but longed to be reunited with their families in Virginia. In 1963, with the help of lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, the couple sought to have their convictions and sentences set aside. When the trial judge in Virginia upheld the judgment against them and pronounced the Lovings guilty of ‘a most serious crime,’ the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear their case. On June 12, 1967, the Court issued a unanimous opinion that state laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional.” -- National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on September 10, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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