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Gov. Jack Markell Apologizes for Delaware's Slavery Past

The resolution apologizing for slavery is a symbolic measure aimed at promoting "reconciliation and healing."

Gov. Markell Apologizes for Slavery in Delaware

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell apologized for his state's role in slavery more than 150 years ago during an event at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington Sunday. (Published Monday, Dec. 7, 2015)

Gov. Jack Markell has signed a resolution apologizing for Delaware's role in slavery and wrongs committed against black people during the Jim Crow era.

Along with signing the resolution passed by state lawmakers last month, Markell on Wednesday presented a proclamation recognizing African American History Month.

He also helped unveil an exhibit commemorating the 125th anniversary of historically black Delaware State University.

The resolution apologizing for slavery is a symbolic measure aimed at promoting "reconciliation and healing."

The resolution states that it is the General Assembly's intent that it not be used in, or be the basis for, any litigation.

According to the resolution, legislatures in eight other states also have apologized for their roles in slavery.

  

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