Georgia Slave Ownership Could Sway Debate

By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email
By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ A Georgia state senator says knowing the state's history with slavery may persuade lawmakers to issue an official apology.

19th century records show the state bought and sold slaves. Republican Senator Eric Johnson says that fact could make it "more comfortable'' for people to express regret over slavery.

Some Georgia Republican leaders have expressed skepticism about issuing an apology.

The records show Georgia spent $50,000 dollars in 1829 to buy a state owned labor force of 190 "able bodied'' slaves. By 1834 the state had sold its slaves.

Johnson has been working with other state lawmakers to try to develop a statement that can pass the Legislature before it adjourns for the year, probably late this month.

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