- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Democrats have renamed an annual fundraising event after dropping the names of two presidents who owned slaves.

The Democratic State Central Committee on Wednesday voted to change the name of the event to the Connecticut Democratic Progress Dinner.

The name replaces the one the group had agreed to drop last year: the Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner.

The event was named decades ago for Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Later, Democratic party boss John Bailey’s name was added to the dinner.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told The Connecticut Post that we now live in a different society, and there are sensitivities today that didn’t exist in the past.

The party will continue to honor Bailey by attaching his name to an annual leadership award.


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