The legislature’s General Administration and Elections Committee heard testimony Monday regarding a resolution that seeks an apology for slavery practiced in the state through the 19th century.

The resolution says in 1723 the Connecticut colony passed a 9 p.m. curfew for slaves and by the mid 1770s there were approximately 5,100 slaves in the colony comprising three percent of the population.

Frank Sykes, a legislative analyst with the African-American Affairs Commission, told the committee Monday that “This resolution seeks to close one chapter of this state’s hideous past by offering a formal apology. It seeks to continue the dialogue towards racial harmony in the past the present or the future.”

Click here to read a copy of the resolution.