Wed 6 Feb, 2008
Tags: 1808, Abolition, H.R. 3432, Legislation, Slave trade
H.R. 3432, “A bill to establish the Commission on the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” has now become law.
As I reported last month, the House and Senate had passed identical versions of this legislation, after the Senate removed the authorization of funding. The bill was then sent to the White House. Yesterday, on its tenth and final day on the president’s desk, Bush signed the bill into law.
This legislation establishes a commission to promote public and private commemorations of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the U.S. slave trade in 1808. While the commission currently has no funding, the legislation does acknowledge the historical importance of the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade and seeks to encourage public and private actors to commemorate the occasion.