1924 Racial Integrity Act

The 1924 Racial Integrity Act was part of a series of laws designed to prevent racial intermixing. Under the direction of Dr. Walter Plecker, the Bureau of Vital Statistics divided Virginians into strictly defined racial categories of "white" and "colored" and banned marriages between people of different races. Many Virginians filed lawsuits disputing their racial classification and claiming their right to get married.


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The Legitimization Act

The Racial Integrity Act