Charleston, South Carolina formally apologizes for slavery role
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — After hours of debate, Charleston City Council voted Tuesday night to issue an apology for their role in the American slave trade.
The vote was 7-5 in favor.
Emotions ran high as council voted to formally apologize for their role in the slavery.
But it wasn't an easy vote, and many council members expressed their concerns with the apology.
The Holy City has been labeled as one with a rich history.
Charleston now formally apologizing for its role in the American slavery.
"I think that it shows the world and the country—it gives us a barometer of where we are as a city," said Councilman William Gregorie.
Not all council members agreed.
Bill Moody was one of five who voted against the resolution.
"I said an apology without any kind of works to go with it is really an empty apology," he said.
The debate went on for hours.
Councilman Harry Griffin said there were other ways to make ancestors proud.
"What is going to make our ancestors more proud? A piece of paper that says we're sorry? Or fixing the flooding problem in areas of Huger Street that limit how great our city can be?"
In a packed room, mothers, fathers, and children all spoke about why an apology is vital for this community.
The vote coincided with "Juneteenth," a celebration of the end of slavery, and came just two days after the third anniversary of a racist attack by a white man killed nine black members of a Charleston church.