Connecticut 2nd northern state to apologize for slavery

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Connecticut became the second northern state to apologize for slavery, segregation and other racist policies its lawmakers once condoned after an unanimous vote late Wednesday by the state Senate.

The resolution expresses "profound contrition" for the General Assembly's role in perpetuating slavery and other practices. The House approved it last week.

New Jersey last year became the first northern state to apologize for slavery. Five other states—Alabama, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia—have approved similar measures.

Slavery was practiced in Connecticut in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries before it was abolished in 1848. About 5,100 slaves—or about 3 percent of the population—lived in the Connecticut colony in the mid-1770s.

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