Home Up About Us History Time Line Photo Gallery Maps Interviews Related Sites Bibliography Video Clips




 Stacy Sallerson, Chinese Out-Marriage in Baltimore, 1884-1967

This project looks at the frequency and legal consequences of interracial marriages between Chinese and non-Chinese residents of Maryland between 1884 and 1967. There is anecdotal reference to at least one interracial marriage in the early 20th century between a Baltimore laundryman, Sing Tong Lee and a white woman from Virginia. Maryland and non-Chinese residents in Baltimore. Although Maryland’s law prohibited marriage between whites and blacks dates back to 1664, it was not clear whether the law applied to other non-whites. A 1940 Attorney General Opinion that marriages between natives of the Philippine Islands and whites is illegal, "there is no provision in our laws which prohibit the marriage of a Chinese with either a white or colored person."