74 Years Ago, She Was Kicked Out for Loving a Black Man–Today, Their Love Lives On

Every love story has its own unique beauty, but some are so exceptional that they serve as a reminder to never give up on finding true love.

Interracial partnerships were frowned upon in the 1940s, the time period in which Mary and Jake first met. They felt as though they were up against the world since their love for one another was viewed as a sin. Her parents refused to acknowledge the fact that Jack was black and Mary was white. The two survived to see their love being publicly acknowledged despite all the challenges in their path.

Mary left this world in 2020, and Jake sadly passed away in 2019. However, the tale of their beautiful but forbidding love lives on.

Mary was born in Britain, and Jake, who was from Trinidad, served in the British military during World War II. When they first saw one another, they fell in love at first sight.

When Jake arrived from Trinidad during the war as a member of the American soldiers stationed at the Burtonwood base close to my house in Lancashire, I got to know him. At the same technical college, we were. He had been transferred there by the Air Force for training when I was taking typing and shorthand lessons. They invited my friend and me over to talk while they were with him and a group of Black pals. Even though Jake and I had no idea they spoke English, we struck up a conversation. I loved it when he recited Shakespeare to me, Mary remarked in a 2016 interview.

When Mary and her friends accepted an invitation from Jake’s pals to join them for a picnic, a friend of Mary’s parents noticed them. She was astounded to see Mary hanging out with Jake, so she hurried to warn Mary’s father. He stopped his daughter from seeing the black man after finding out that she was hanging out with him. But they didn’t go their separate ways.

After the war, Jake was compelled to return to his country, but he and Mary continued to correspond via letters until he visited Britain once more a few years later and proposed. When I was only 19, he unexpectedly proposed to me, Mary recalled. “When I told my father that I was intending to marry Jake, he threatened to evict me from the house if I did. He was appalled that I might consider being married to a Black man.

“My father kicked me out, and I just had a small suitcase to my name when I went. In 1948, no family attended our marriage at the register office, Mary continued. “Our first few years of marriage were terrible in Birmingham; I sobbed almost every day and hardly ate. We had no money, no one would talk to us, and we had trouble finding housing since no one would rent to a Black man.


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