New Hampshire Bill Would Posthumously Free Slaves | Roland Martin Reports

New Hampshire Bill Would Posthumously Free Slaves

Source: AP / The Huffington Post

CONCORD, N.H. — When 20 slaves petitioned New Hampshire two centuries ago seeking their freedom, lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right and delayed action.

Now, 233 years later, legislators in one of the nation’s whitest states have decided the time is right to consider the request. A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full body posthumously emancipate the 14 petitioners who never were granted freedom.

Woullard Lett, a member of the Manchester NAACP, said it’s never too late to right a wrong.

“It’s symbolic and 200 years late, however then and now it’s the right thing to do,” Lett said before testifying at the hearing.

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