As part of its ongoing Oral History Project to record personal stories and memories of Hamptonians about their lives in Hampton, the Hampton History Museum seeks interracial couples who would be willing to share their experiences to be recorded at a public “Our Story: Our Time” event April 24, 2017.
There have been several laws in American history that prevented blacks and whites from marrying one another. Virginia passed its first anti-miscegenation law in 1691. Then there was the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited interracial marriage. These laws were challenged in 1967 with the Loving vs. Virginia case, in which, Mildred (mixed African & Native American woman) & Richard Loving (a white man), a married couple fought for their marriage to be legal. Their story is now the subject of the major motion picture “Loving.” Today, there are many interracial couples, and although interracial dating does not face the same complications as it did in the 50s and 60s, there is still some negative connotations when it comes to dating outside of one’s race.
What the museum is looking for
The Hampton History Museum is looking for people who grew up in Hampton or live in Hampton, who are in interracial relationships to participate in an Oral History Program. The Museum would like a variety of people as far as age, race and gender. Narrators should be able to speak on personal experiences of being in an interracial relationship.
The Oral History Project Event “Our Story: Our Time”
This program is scheduled for April 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., at the Hampton History Museum (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, Virginia 23669). This is a videotaped event. The Oral History program also has an audience that is open to the public. Participants will be required to sign an Oral History Consent form allowing the museum and add the video to the Hampton History Museum’s Online Collection, which is viewable to the public.
This program will be facilitated by Allen Hoilman, curator of the Hampton History Museum. The Oral History part of the event will be approximately 45 minutes, and may be followed up with a question and answer period of approximately 15 minutes.