TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey is the first northern state to apologize for slavery.
The Legislature has approved a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the state's participation in the slave trade centuries ago. The resolution offers an apology "for the wrongs inflicted by slavery and its aftereffects in the United States of America." It needs no action by the governor.
The resolution's sponsor says it's an apology for a shameful past, nothing more. One lawmaker who opposed the measure says the resolution is a meaningless gesture, and that the "sin" of slavery was atoned for in blood during the Civil War.
Legislators in Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have issued formal apologies for slavery.
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