Telling the Lovings’ story in 1966

Richard and Mildred Loving, with their children, in an outtake from a LIFE magazine shoot

THE HEADLINE IN THE MARCH 18, 1966, issue of LIFE magazine described it simply as “The Crime of Being Married.” Under those words, two photos: Mildred Loving, then 26, eyes downcast, and her husband Richard,

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