Color Coded at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

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At a moment when the legality of marriage is a significant public issue, Linda and Ed Calhoun revisit history.  Sixteen states had “anti-miscegenation” laws which were ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court Loving v. Virginia decision on June 12, 1967. Each state used distinct and original language for incorporating these laws into their legal codes. “Color Coded” is a verbatim translation of these laws using a coded alphabet. State slogans separate the laws from each of the sixteen states.