- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware’s Human Relations Commission voted to urge Gov. Jack Markell and state lawmakers to issue a formal apology for slavery.

The News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/1jjtxC9 ) reports the 24-member commission voted unanimously during a special meeting Tuesday. The commission is a state panel charged with promoting positive relationships among racial and ethnic groups.

Commissioners plan to send a letter to Markell urging him to sign a proclamation on Dec. 6 to mark the 150th anniversary of the final ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

Markell has said he would consider the request. Still, a proclamation doesn’t appear likely before the General Assembly returns to Dover in January, with Markell spokesman Jonathon Dworkin saying the governor wants to work with state lawmakers on the issue.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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