Jessica Lussenhop Harry Bash with a photo of his late wife, Carrie.
Harry and Carrie Bash's romance was not an easy one. At the time, interracial marriage (or "miscegenation") was illegal in Indiana, where they lived.
"We had to be very careful with police," recalls Harry.
He remembers that Carrie had two friends with very light complexions, and a cop pulled them over for riding with two black men, thinking they were mixing outside their race.
"They beat the crap out of them. Including the women," says Harry.
So they learned a few tricks. Carrie rode in the backseat of Harry's coupe, to make it appear he was taking "the help" home. He learned how to make quick left turns and disappear down alleys.
After they married (in 1958 New York City, where the union was legal), Harry's work as a sociology professor brought him to University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Carrie started her career with the St. Louis Urban League, where she eventually rose to vice president. In 26 years with the Urban League, Carrie Bash fought for equal rights in housing, education and jobs for black St. Louisans -- a legacy that Harry is concerned is being forgotten following her death on March 29.More »