‘The Loving Story’ Comes to Salem

‘The Loving Story’ Comes to Salem

‘The Loving Story’ Comes to Salem

Photographer Grey Villet

Photographer Grey Villet

The Great Hall in the Salem Courthouse Community Center will be the site of an exciting new exhibit opening on Friday, May 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. ‘The Loving Story’ is a collection of photographs taken by the late LIFE magazine photographer, Grey Villet. ‘The Loving Story, ‘which has been displayed nationally, depicts the Lovings, who were married in Washington, D.C. in 1958 and lived in Virginia; Richard was white, and his new wife, Mildred, was black. Their marriage took place in a time when interracial marriages were illegal in Virginia. Upon returning home, the couple was arrested and agreed to leave the state to avoid a jail sentence. They fought this injustice all the way to the Supreme Court, where a landmark decision in 1967 legalized interracial marriage. Gray Villet’s haunting photographs brilliantly document their determination and strength.

The Courthouse Community Center has secured the rights for a showing of the documentary of the same name, ‘The Loving Story,’ during the exhibit’s opening reception. The film, by Nancy Buirski, was a contender for an Oscar Award and has been aired on television’s HBO channel.

This important exhibit will be on display until June 20, and is open to the public.

The Courthouse Community Center is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem, N.Y. For additional information, call 518-854-7053.

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