Then, someone called the police because they were a black person living with a white person. They were taken to jail at 2 a.m. and charged with unlawful cohabitation. The judge told them they wouldn’t be jailed if they left Virginia, so they moved to Washington, D.C.
After five years, the Lovings returned to Virginia to visit Mildred’s mother and were arrested again for traveling together. Mildred Loving wrote to attorney general Robert Kennedy, was referred to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the rest is history.