MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Riley signed a legislative resolution Thursday expressing "profound regret" for Alabama's role in slavery.
The action by the Republican governor came one week after the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved the resolution.
After signing the resolution, Riley said "Slavery was evil and is a part of American history." But he said Alabamians are proud of the tremendous progress the state has made and that it continues to make.
A sponsor of the resolution, state Representative Mary Moore, says Riley kept a commitment he made weeks ago to sign the resolution and it shows Alabama is open for everyone.
Alabama is the fourth Southern state to pass a slavery apology. Resolutions were approved earlier this year in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
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