Charleston Considers Apologizing For Slavery

As part of "Juneteenth" celebration

Patrick Gentry
June 18, 2018 - 3:37 pm

The South Carolina city that served as a port for slaves will consider an apology for its role in the buying and selling of people.

News outlets report Charleston's city council will consider a two-page apology resolution Tuesday, which is also ``Juneteenth,'' a celebration of the end of slavery. The agenda says the resolution will recognize, denounce and apologize for Charleston's role in the slave trade.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, which slaves built.

Council member William Dudley Gregorie says the resolution is more than a symbolic gesture. It also says the city will commit to continuing to ``pursue initiatives that honor the contributions'' of slaves.

According to the National Park Service, about 40 percent of African slaves entered the U.S. through Charleston.

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