In 1959, Richard and Mildred Loving -- an inter-racial married couple who had been legall married in the District of Columbia a few weeks before -- were arrested in Virginia.
By the early 1960's at least 41 states had enacted such statutes at one time.
By 1967, 16 states still had anti-miscegenation laws in effect.
"Segregated churches breed segregated lives," said Perry, according to Briggs.
"Eventually, white ministers began to conduct church weddings for slaves.
And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages.