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Delaware Governor Apologizes for Slavery

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has announced his support for a resolution that condemns and apologizes for slavery.

On the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment, Gov. Markell visited the congregation at Bethel AME Church Sunday morning, saying he joins House representatives in support of a joint resolution that will say Delaware denounces and deplores slavery.

During congregation, Markell also addressed the effects slavery has had on the county. He went on to say African-Americans can still feel the ripple effects of slavery today through challenges in the education system, prison system and society.

The resolution, sponsored by Representative Stephanie Bolden and Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, will be introduced during legislative session early next year.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.