September 20,1664:

Updated: Sep 21, 2020



Maryland, a mid-Atlantic state of the United States of America passed and enacted the first Anti-Amalgamation law, Governor of the state being Sir William Berkeley, aimed to prevent marriages between Black Men and English Women on 20th September 1664. These laws were also known as Anti-Miscegenation laws.

Interracial marriages were common practices during that colonial era, among white indentured servants and black slaves as well as in more aristocratic circles. It was early White-American propaganda to eradicate the intersectionality of gender, color, class, religious identity, nationality, and more.



Following this event, similar anti-miscegenation laws were passed and enforced in various other states of the USA.

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