Miami Beach History

1964: McLaughlin v. Florida
The US Supreme Court ruled that Florida’s law barring interracial couples the right to live together was unconstitutional. The case involved Dewey McLaughlin, a Miami Beach hotel porter originally from Honduras, and Connie Hoffman, a Caucasian waitress, who were living together at 732 2nd Street.

The law that was struck down stated that “Any negro man and white woman, or any white man and negro woman, who are not married to each other, who shall habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room shall each be punished by imprisonment not exceeding twelve months, or by fine not exceeding five hundred dollars.”

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