New Jersey Statement of Apology for Slavery

The Assembly Appropriations Committee reports favorably Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 270.

This
concurrent resolution issues a formal apology on behalf of the State of
New Jersey for its role in sustaining and perpetuating the institution
of slavery, and expresses the State’s deepest sympathies and profound
regrets to the thousands of slaves and the descendents of those
enslaved, who were denied life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
while in bondage.

In tracing the
history of slavery and its legacy of inequality from the founding of
the Republic to the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s, the
concurrent resolution acknowledges the injustices, the broken promises
and the blank checks that have never come to fruition. It calls upon
the residents of this State to learn about and gain a deeper
understanding of the history of slavery, the legacy of de facto and de
jure segregation, and the existence of modern day slavery to ensure
that these tragedies will not be forgotten and will not be repeated.

-State of New Jersey, Jan. 3, 2008

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