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Governor Jack Markell is set to sign a measure that apologizes for Delaware’s role in the institution of slavery.

The measure acknowledges the cruelty and brutality of not only slavery but the injustice of the Jim Crow laws that imposed segregation for the next hundred years.

On the 150 anniversary of the ratification of the 13th amendment that ended slavery Markell said it was essential that the state publicly acknowledge the everlasting damage of “those sins.”


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.
The Wilmington News Journal reports the 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups.