AP, March 21, 2007
Gov. Sonny Perdue on Monday sounded skeptical about issuing a public apology for slavery, an idea that received a boost last week when a top Republican lawmaker threw his support behind it.
A resolution acknowledging and apologizing for Georgia’s role in the slave trade was initially expected on Monday but could come later in the week instead. A resolution, as opposed to a bill, would not require Perdue’s approval.
Members of the Georgia arm of the NAACP fanned out across the state Capitol for a day of lobbying on the issue.
The measure is being supported by state Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, R-Savannah, who has been meeting with black leaders in the state.
The clamor for an apology for slavery comes as Georgia considers a measure that would officially designate April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.