Mildred Loving, Matriarch Of Interracial Marriage, Dies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Richmond, Va. (AP) A black woman from Virginia whose lawsuit helped end bans on interracial marriage has died.

Mildred Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme court struck down laws across the country that prohibited interracial marriages. Such unions had been banned in at least 17 states.

Loving, who was 68, died Friday at her home in rural Milford.

The couple married in Washington, dc in 1958. She was 18. They were arrested within weeks of returning to their home in Virginia, and later convicted of violating the ban.

They avoided a year in jail by moving to Washington, where they began their legal battle. After they won in the high court, they returned to Virginia, where they lived with their three children.

Richard Loving died in a 1975 car accident that also injured his wife.

Loving told the Associated Press last year that she didn't set out to change history, but was just a girl who fell in love with a boy. She called it, “God's work.”

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