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Charleston city council approves resolution apologizing for slavery

Charleston city council voted to apologize for the city’s important role played in the slave trade, and a proposal for an office of racial reconciliation.

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A South Carolina town, once a crucial slave trade port, with the adoption of a symbolic resolution on Tuesday to the termination of slavery, with the promise of change.

Charleston city council voted to apologize for the city’s important role played in the slave trade, and a proposal for an office of racial reconciliation.

The majority-white 12 member council voted in a city hall that is located less than a kilometre from the old quay, where almost half of all slaves brought to the United States first stepped foot on American soil.

Two members of the council said that they would not vote for the resolution.

Councilman Perry Waring cited a need to focus on economic development as the basis for his opposition. Fellow councillor Harry Joseph Griffin said the passing of the resolution would have consequences, and added that the city needed to address other problems in the city.

The vote coincided with “Juneteenth,” a celebration of the end of slavery, and came just two days after the third anniversary of a racist attack by a white man who killed nine black members of a Charleston church.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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