Boston City Council Apologizes For City's Role In Slave Trade

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to issue a formal apology for the city's role in the slave trade.

A resolution, originally proposed by Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson, says Boston was likely one of the first sites where slaves were brought into the country in the 1600s, and acknowledges that the city was complicit in the practice.

"There has been no time in history in municipal government where the city of Boston has actually taken responsibility and apologized for the harm and the perpetual harm that still continues today," Councilor Anderson said.

More than 160 slave trade voyages sailed out of Boston.

The city promises to enact policies to repair past harm to the Black community. Among those reparations is removing "anti-Black" symbols in Boston and educating residents on the history of the slave trade.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports

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