James said the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus has discussed the need for the state to apologize for slavery since she first served in the Legislature in 1995.
“For more than 20 years we’ve teen talking about this, so it’s about time that we got an apology,” she said.
In 2013, when U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk served in the state Senate, the North Georgia Republican filed a resolution saying the state should express “profound remorse and lamentations” for slavery. Then-Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson, also a Republican, proposed similar resolutions in 2007 and 2009.
Several black House Democrats, including Midway Democratic state Rep. Al Williams, also have introduced similar legislation in previous years.
At least nine states have passed similar acknowledgements in the past dozen years, beginning with Virginia in 2007. Since then, states including Alabama, Tennessee and, most recently, Delaware in 2016.