Interracial Delaware couple ignores critics for nearly 50 years

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Interracial Delaware couple ignores critics for nearly 50 years

Delaware Online
2016-11-25

Margie Fishman


Sara and Pat Aldrich of Lewes. They got married the day after the Supreme Court legalized mixed-race marriages. Jason Minto/The News Journal

She grew up in the northwest corner of Missouri, a blip on the map, where you could afford to be color blind because the only “person of color” was an elderly black woman who would slip into church and make a hasty exit¬†before the benediction.

He grew up near prestigious Yale University, the son of domestics who saw his parents three times (in a good week), and was one of three black kids in his high school graduating class, always on the social periphery.

They might never have met, though they nearly crossed paths¬†several times during their young adult years.¬†Even if they had met then, strident objections against mixing races would’ve filled the background, contaminating their relationship before it had a chance to blossom.

But Sara Beth Kurtz, a shy, determined dancer,¬†and Vince “Pat” Collier Aldrich Jr., a medical records specialist who listened to his gut and to the occasional opera,¬†did meet in 1965 in a sleepy German village¬†‚ÄĒ courtesy of¬†the United States military…

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