Salvador Roldan Challenged Interracial Marriage Laws in California

In 1931 Salvador Roldan, a Filipino who had immigrated from Narvacan, llocus Sur, challenged California's marriage laws which forbid interracial marriage.  He had met and fallen in love with Marjorie Rogers a white woman who had immigrated from England.  After being refused a marriage license the couple hired an attorney and finally on March 27, 1933 they were granted their license.  The legal challenge is a bit more complicated than presented here but the full story as written by PCC history professor Susie Ling and Salvador's son, Bryan Roldan can be found at  In this exhibt are not only many of the photographs that are included in the article, but some like diary entries, that have not been seen before.  Pasadena City College thanks the Roldan family for sharing these images with the Pasadena Digital History Collaborative.