FLORIDA APOLOGIZES FOR STATE'S HISTORY OF SLAVERY
The Florida resolution expressed "profound regret" for the state's role "in sanctioning and perpetuating involuntary servitude upon generations of African slaves."
The Florida Legislature formally apologized Wednesday for the state's "shameful" history of slavery, joining five other states that have expressed public regret. The two-page resolution passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and then the House, bringing at least one lawmaker to tears. Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, called it a "significant step" toward reconciliation. What eventually passed on Wednesday resembled statements issued by North Carolina, Alabama, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. (NYT 3/27/08) Source: IFA.