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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Dedication of Historical Marker Honoring Mildred and Richard Loving

An historical marker honoring Mildred and Richard Loving was dedicated on June 2.  The Marker is just south of the Bowling Green jail, where the couple was held 60 years ago for violating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage.


The marker lies about 40 miles north of the former site of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, which ruled against the Lovings’ motion to vacate their conviction of entering into an interracial marriage. That temporary setback led to the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriage in the case of Loving v. Virginia.


“This is the triangulation of their whole struggle, and that’s why we’re right here,” Caroline Supervisor Floyd Thomas said Saturday during the ceremonial unveiling of the marker on U.S. 301 near Sparta Road.


Peggy Loving Fortune, a daughter of Mildred and Richard Loving, was the guest of honor at the event, held on the 60th anniversary of her parents’ marriage on June 2, 1958.

There were many other attendees at the dedication, including a grandson and several great-grandchildren of Mildred and Richard Loving.


Julie Langan of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources read a letter to Peggy Loving Fortune from Governor Ralph Northam, who wrote that he could not be at the event because of a prior commitment. The governor described the marker dedication as a meaningful and proud moment for Virginia, writing that he is grateful to Richard and Mildred Loving for “their conviction, love and determination.”


“What they did in the face of discrimination, racism and adversity helped lead to a better, more inclusive Virginia,” wrote Northam.


The Reverend Duane Fields of Caroline said during a prayer that the marker has been a long time coming for the couple.

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