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Session Laws, 2007
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2007 Laws of Maryland
J. R. 1
WHEREAS, Slavery and discrimination are utterly contrary to the principles
that this Nation and this State profess; and WHEREAS, It is time for the State of Maryland to acknowledge the role the
State played in maintaining the institution of slavery and its attendant evils; now,
therefore, be it RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That the State
of Maryland expresses profound regret for the role that Maryland played in instituting
and maintaining slavery and for the discrimination that was slavery's legacy; and be it
further RESOLVED, That the State of Maryland commits itself to the formation of a
more perfect union among its citizens regardless of color, creed, or race; and be it
further RESOLVED, That the State of Maryland recommits itself to the principle that all people are equal and equally endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. " are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of
Happiness."
Signed by the President and the Speaker, May 8, 2007.
Joint Resolution No. 2 (House Joint Resolution 4) A House 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
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