In June 1958, the couple traveled to Washington, D. to marry, thereby evading Virginia's Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which made marriage between whites and non-whites a crime.
hoping to find them having sex, given that interracial sex was then also illegal in Virginia.
Her race has been a point of confusion – during the trial, it seemed clear that she identified herself as black, especially as far as her own lawyer was concerned.
However, upon her arrest, the police report identifies her as "Indian." She said in a 2004 interview, "I have no black ancestry. A factor contributing to the confusion is that it was seen at the time of her arrest as advantageous to be "anything but black." At the age of 18, Mildred became pregnant.
145 – Have a bar or cafe that my friends and I are regulars at. 147 – Perform an obnoxious karaoke duet with a significant other.