- 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.

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

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