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Virginia HS could be renamed for interracial couple over Lee

Mildred Loving and her husband Richard Loving's case against led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that outlawed bans on interracial marriage. More than 50 years after their case, their legacy and struggle still resonates with interracial couples. File. (AP Photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Northern Virginia high school that is removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name could be renamed for an interracial couple.

A 21-member committee appointed by the Arlington County school board is recommending that Washington-Lee High School be renamed as Washington-Loving.

The proposed new name would honor Mildred and Richard Loving, a Virginia couple whose legal challenge led the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the state’s law banning interracial marriage.

A second option proposed by the committee would be to rename the school Washington-Liberty.

The school board decided earlier this year to remove Lee’s name. The board will discuss the proposed new names at a meeting Dec. 20.

Last year, neighboring Fairfax County renamed a high school that had been named for Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.

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