Today, Mary and Jake have been together for over 70 years and their love for each other is still the same.
We see many couples parting ways after a few years, But Mary and Jake are nothing like them. According to Bored Panda, The couple, who went against all odds, has survived their marriage for over seven decades. Mary, a British woman, first met Jake, who hails from Trinidad, while he was serving in the UK during World War II. The couple fell in love in the '40s while studying in the same technical college, however, Jake had to return to his land once the war was over, reports BBC.
Soon, the man realized that he had grown very fond of her and when he could no longer live without his beloved Mary, he returned to the UK. "I feel so fortunate to have met and married Mary, but it saddens me that we could not be accepted by society. Nowadays I say to young black people: ‘You have no idea what it used to be like,'" noted the man according to Daily Mail. But there was a huge hurdle they still had to overcome - Jake was a black man. Back in the day, prejudice against people of color was annoyingly intense. Providing an instance he said, "When I arrived in the UK I was subjected to abuse every day. Once I was on a bus and a man rubbed his hands on my neck and said: ‘I wanted to see if the dirt would come off.’ And back then you couldn’t work in an office — because a black man in an office with all the white girls wasn’t thought to be safe."
Mary, who was 19 at the time, was ready to brave the world with her Jake by her side but was shocked when her family disapproved of their relationship. After Jake popped the question, Mary's father disowned her. In a previous interview with Daily Mail, Mary shared, "When I told my father I was going to marry Jake he said, ‘If you marry that man you will never set foot in this house again.’ He was horrified that I could contemplate marrying a black man, and I soon learned that most people felt the same way." Despite these objections, she got married to Jake and both began their happily-ever-after life, only to learn that their happiness would be delayed.
Mary recalls how tough the first year of their marriage was while they lived in Birmingham. "I cried every day, and barely ate. No one would speak to us, we couldn’t find anywhere to live because no one would rent to a black man, and we had no money. People would point at us in the street," she explained. To add to their misery, Mary "gave birth to a stillborn son at eight months. It wasn’t related to the stress I was under but it broke my heart, and we never had any more children." Gradually, life became easier and the two landed jobs that got them through.
It's been over 70 years since the two got married and both are still smitten by each other to this day. Despite all the sufferings, the pair do not regret getting married even for a moment. When the news reached Reddit, people couldn't stop gushing over the couple. Many even shared their own experiences. @highfiveallround wrote: Every time I see something like this it makes me really teary. My husband and I are in an interracial relationship, and, while sometimes people can be a bit [crap], overwhelmingly we are loved and accepted everywhere we go. I know this definitely would not be the case if it wasn't for wonderful humans like these leading the way and making it easier for the rest of us.