Ga. Governor Noncommital On Georgia Slavery Apology

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.

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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.

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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.

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