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Historic Lecture: Loving v. Virginia

February 28, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

In 1958, two newlyweds were hauled out of their bedroom in the middle of the night and taken to the old jail in Caroline County, Virginia. Their crime? Richard Loving was white, Mildred Jeter was not – and a marriage defined as interracial was against the law in Virginia.

Their story and the resulting landmark Supreme Court Case (Loving v. Virginia, 1967) is the subject of the recently released film Loving. Peter Wallenstein, Professor of History at Virginia Tech who was consulted by the film makers, recounts the story in his recent book “Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry.” During his lecture at the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, Wallenstein will highlight the 9-year saga of the Lovings and their fight for the freedom to marry, and will discuss the broader implications of the landmark case which helped bring a close to the Jim Crow era of segregation. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

This program is free, however space is extremely limited so please RSVP by calling 540-558-0746 or by emailing info@blacksburghistory.org.


February 28, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


Blacksburg Museum


St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall
203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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