Alabama House Approves Slavery Apology

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House approved a resolution
Tuesday apologizing for slavery.

The resolution sponsored by Birmingham state Representative Mary Moore passed on an unrecorded voice vote and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Legislatures in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina have approved similar slavery apologies this year. Moore says it's been a long time coming.

Her resolution expresses deep sympathy and solemn regret to those who were enslaved and to their descendents. It also encourages "the remembrance and teaching about the history of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and modern day slavery, to ensure that these tragedies will neither be forgotten nor repeated."

The House passed the resolution after turning down an amendment
that sought to change the apology to an expression of regret.

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