June 12 is Delaware’s first Loving Day

June 11, 2024

For those not familiar with Loving Day, it is the celebration of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision that made interracial marriage legal. It all began in 1958 when Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested and sentenced to prison for being an interracial couple in Virginia.

On June 12, 1967, the court struck down all state laws forbidding interracial marriage in the U.S., with Delaware being one of the last 11 states to decriminalize interracial marriage as a direct result of this decision.

However, thanks to the efforts and prime sponsorship by Sen. Russ Huxtable, Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend and Senate Majority Whip Elizabeth Lockman, the State of Delaware will heretofore officially recognize June 12 as Loving Day.

This momentous resolution by the Delaware Senate will be enacted and read at 3 p.m., June 12, in the Voices Heard exhibit in the Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes. This reading is open to the public, and all are welcome to partake in Delaware’s first official Loving Day.

David Shook
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