State Lawmaker Introduces Freedom Resolution For Georgia's Role in Slavery

Jan 21, 2013

A state lawmaker has introduced a resolution to express remorse for the state’s past practice of slavery.

In 1750 slavery was legalized in Georgia.

State republican Sen. Barry Loudermilk believes now is the time to acknowledge the state’s role.

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk believes the state should acknowledge its role in slavery.
Credit Georgia General Assembly

“The institution of slavery that was condoned through the state by state laws and research has even showed that the state of Georgia itself owned slaves building railroads that we recognized that was wrong.”

Loudermilk, considered one of the General Assembly’s staunch conservatives, has filed Senate Resolution 28…the Freedom Resolution.

But the Georgia lawmaker is careful to say this is not an apology for slavery.

“I didn’t enslave anybody. Nobody in the state today has engaged in slavery so in a sense how we can we actually apology for something we didn’t do.”

Similar legislation has been introduced before, but was unsuccessful in even getting to the floor for a vote.

A simple majority vote would pass the resolution and Loudermilk believes it may have a chance.

“I think it’s more meaningful coming from me versus somebody within the black caucus, cause in a sense, I don’t know if it was any of my ancestors that directly were involved in slavery, but you know it was my race that perpetuated this.”

Loudermilk says members of the black clergy helped draft the resolution.