RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A landmark Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage is being recognized by Virginia with a historical marker.
The marker is one of 13 new historical markers approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Others pay homage to an old railroad village in Augusta County, a working class neighborhood called Oregon Hill in Richmond, and the 1791 decision by a wealthy plantation owner to free his hundreds of enslaved workers.
The marker regarding interracial marriage commemorates the Loving v. Virginia case. Citing Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage, the Supreme Court struck down similar laws across the nation.
The case involved a White man named Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, a woman of African-American and Virginia Indian descent.