Formal Apology for Connecticut’s History of Slavery Passes House

Christopher Keating, Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, May 22, 2009

More than 200 years after the fact, the state House of Representatives voted Thursday to formally apologize for slavery in Connecticut.

The resolution did not allow for reparations or payments to anyone who might have been harmed by events during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.


The two-page resolution states that the legislature rejected bills on the emancipation of slaves in 1777, 1779 and 1780. In 1818, the state’s newly written Constitution denied African Americans the right to vote.


After a 75-minute debate, the House declared its intentions on a voice vote.


The measure passed resoundingly, and legislators broke into applause.

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