The two met in 1911 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Egypt.
Their love for one another was not received well by the general public, especially in the United States, where racism was still very much the norm.
Rhinelander was a white socialite born into a prominent New York family.
Jones was the biracial daughter of a working class couple.
There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable.Much of this work rested on the efforts of a remarkable young man named Arcadio Huang.Born in a small town in China’s Fujian province, Huang’s Catholic parents were set on him becoming a priest.Louis Gregory became a strong advocate for racial unity in both the United States as well as within the Bahá’í community; his most significant expression of the teachings of his faith come from his marriage.Despite countless obstacles, the couple remained married for almost 40 years, until Louis Gregory’s death in 1951The marriage and divorce trial of Kip Rhinelander and Alice Jones brought the racial tensions of a nation to court, examining how a person is labeled as “colored” and “white” in legal terms.Their sons Ian and Tshekedi later became significant political figures as well.The marriage is said to have inspired the film In the early years of the 18th century, European scholars made huge advances in their understanding of Chinese language and culture.As a survivor of a shipwreck off the Yucatan coast, Gonzalo Guerrero found himself held captive by the Maya.Desperate to avoid being killed, he successfully sought to learn his captors’ language and customs.Nevertheless, Marie-Claude’s parents reportedly gave their blessing for the union, and while the couple soon found themselves in financial difficulties, the marriage seems to have been a happy one.A year later, Marie-Claude died giving birth to their first child and Huang, heartbroken, followed her a year later.