‘It’s Hard Not to Love Her’ On Loving Day, One Virginia Couple’s Story


Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe during an unveiling of a new historical marker honoring Richard and Mildred Loving. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Virginia police once threw Richard and Mildred Loving into jail. She was black and he was white, and they had gotten married. It was 1958, and in Virginia that was against the law. Monday marks 50 years since the Loving’s won a case before the Supreme Court and Virginia law was overturned.

Another Virginia couple, Charlie and Marcia Russell, traveled to Richmond Monday to honor the Lovings. They spoke with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne.

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