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J.R. 1
Martin O'Malley, Governor
JOINT RESOLUTIONS SIGNED
by the PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
and the SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Joint Resolution No. 1 (Senate Joint Resolution 6) A Senate Joint Resolution concerning Slavery in Maryland FOR the purpose of expressing regret for the role that Maryland played in instituting
and maintaining slavery and for the discrimination that was slavery's legacy. WHEREAS, The State of Maryland relied on slavery for 200 years; and WHEREAS, To meet the needs of its economy, Maryland prior to 1808 imported
men, women, and children, torn from their homes in Africa and subjected to the
brutality of the Middle Passage; and WHEREAS, Maryland citizens trafficked in human flesh until the adoption of
the Constitution of 1864; and WHEREAS, Slavery subjected its victims to unspeakable cruelties, including
beatings, rape, and the forcible separation of family members from one another; and WHEREAS, A native of Maryland, nurtured by the slave culture of our State,
wrote the Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision declaring African Americans incapable
of citizenship because they had "no rights which the white man was bound to respect";
and WHEREAS, Slavery fostered a climate of oppression not only for slaves and
their descendants but also for people of color who moved to Maryland subsequent to
slavery's abolition; and WHEREAS, Slavery's legacy has afflicted the citizens of our State down to the
present; and
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