Court Strikes Down State Bans on Interracial Marriage

Moments In Civil Rights History

In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving returned to their home in Virginia, after marrying in Washington, D.C. He was white; she was black. They were arrested and charged with felony offenses, as interracial marriage was illegal under Virginia law. They left the state as part of a plea bargain, but went on to challenge the law. On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in their favor.