Delaware House of Represenatives Approves Slavery Apology

Jan 15, 2016

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved a resolution apologizing for Delaware's role in slavery and wrongs committed against blacks during the Jim Crow era.

The resolution passed on a 38-1 vote Thursday and now goes to the Senate.  Gov. Jack Markell has said he supports the measure.

Chief House sponsor Rep. Stephanie Bolden acknowledged that the resolution 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.

Rep. Rich Collins, a Millsboro Republican, was the lone dissenting vote.

Collins said he could not apologize for Delawareans whose ancestors died in the Civil War fighting against slavery, or who immigrated after the slave era.