Counselor offers Boston to apologize for role in slavery

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BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston would acknowledge and apologize for its role in the transatlantic slave trade, under a resolution to be formally introduced later this week.

Councilwoman Tania Fernandes Anderson’s proposal on Wednesday’s council agenda would also call on the city to commit to repairing the damage caused by slavery.

Among the actions the city could take include removing “significant anti-black symbols” and educating Bostonians about the history of the slave trade, according to the resolution.

Earlier this year, Councilwoman Julia Mejia proposed creating a city commission to weigh reparations and other forms of atonement for Boston’s role in slavery and its legacy of inequality. This proposal is currently pending before the Board.

Anderson and Mejia did not respond to emails and calls seeking comment on Monday.


But the Reverend Kevin Peterson of the New Democracy Coalition, an advocacy group that has long called for reparations in Boston, said it’s important the city first recognizes and apologizes for its role in slavery before to address the issue of reparations.

“Only by apologizing to black people who have been hurt can we move forward effectively,” he said in a statement.

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