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Dutch central bank chief apologizes for links to slavery

Jul. 01, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch central bank chief apologized Friday for the institution's involvement in the 19th-century slave trade, the latest expression of contrition in the Netherlands linked to the country's historic role in the trade in enslaved people. The apology came at an...

Californians won't weigh 'involuntary servitude' amendment

Jun. 30, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will not consider amending its constitution to eliminate indentured servitude as a possible punishment for crime after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration predicted that it could cost the state billions of dollars to pay minimum wage to prison inmates. ...

Some Texas schools may call slavery 'involuntary relocation'

Jun. 30, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Public schools in Texas would describe slavery to second graders as “involuntary relocation” under new social studies standards proposed to the state's education board. A group of nine educators submitted the idea to the State Board of Education as part of...

California Senate rejects involuntary servitude amendment

Jun. 23, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal aimed at removing the last remnant of slavery from California law failed to pass the state Senate on Thursday after Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration warned it could cost taxpayers billions of dollars by forcing the state to pay prisoners a $15-per-hour...

Court: Harvard can be sued for distress over slave photos

Jun. 23, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Connecticut woman who says she's descended from slaves who are portrayed in widely published, historical photos owned by Harvard University can sue the school for emotional distress, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Thursday. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 22, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 19, 2022. Editorial: Curb teacher role in Florida effort to ban books If anyone reading this still believes teachers just teach, we’d invite them to think again. Today’s teachers hold many jobs beyond simply providing an education. The state...

Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities

Jun. 19, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. ...

Efforts spotlight slave who inspired beach name, local tale

Jun. 18, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — An enslaved Black man, the tall tale he inspired and the beach that now bears his name are the focus of new efforts to recognize the role of slavery along Massachusetts' picturesque North Shore. As the story goes, Robin Mingo was promised freedom by his white...

272 enslaved people sold to pay debts; exhibit tells story

Jun. 18, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Episcopal church in Donaldsonville, built in 1873 on land donated by a slave owner and Louisiana governor, is now home to a new, permanent exhibit that pays tribute to enslaved people who worked Louisiana’s sugarcane fields It will open on the...

Town creates scholarship in memory of slave family it sold

Jun. 16, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town has created a scholarship fund and will fly the Juneteenth flag to recognize and begin atoning for its role in the slave trade. The Jamestown Town Council approved a resolution this week in memory of the family of Betty Martin and “all...