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SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston Considers Apologizing for Slavery

The city of Charleston may become the next Southern city to apologize for its role in the slave trade, and the timing is significant.

City Council will consider a two-page apology resolution Tuesday, which happens to be “Juneteenth” — the annual celebration of June 19, 1865, the day a Union general rode to Galveston, Texas, and officially ended slavery there.

Councilman William Dudley Gregorie, who is promoting the resolution, said he hopes to see standing room only inside City Hall Tuesday, with supporters spilling out onto Broad Street. The building itself was built by slaves under the watch of their owners. Both slaves and their owners are among Gregorie’s ancestors.

The city of Charleston extensively regulated slavery during antebellum times, including an 1850s ordinance to force slave auction indoors. That gave rise to slave marts such as the one on Chalmers Street, above. On Tuesday, City Council will consider a formal apology for that. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The resolution …

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