Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-05-04 22:12:54 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WKRN) —The Tennessee Capitol has passed a resolution removing part of the State Constitution that allows slavery when used as a form of criminal punishment for prisoners.
The resolution will exclude all forms of slavery from the Tennessee Constitution. The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday night.
The constitutional amendment then goes to the governor’s desk for signature. If signed, the proposed amendment will be posted on the 2022 ballot for voters.
Memphis legislators Joe Towns and Laumesh Akbari sponsored the bill.
“Today is a historic day, as the state has taken a decisive step towards removing all forms of slavery from the Tennessee Constitution,” said Towns. “Some Tennessees may be prisoners, but by God they are not enslaved. We are the first Southern State to accept universal abolition. I carry out this joint resolution. We are proud to have done so, and now by voting for this constitutional amendment in November 2022, all Tennessees need to participate to correct this mistake. ”
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