The state followed Virginia and Maryland last week as legislators expressed their regret and then unanimously backed a resolution acknowledging slavery, exploitation and racial segregation. Some legislators talked about past racial injustices, which they hope will open doors to pass more laws to help black citizens today. In Onslow County alone back in 1830 forty percent of the population were slaves, nearly four thousand slaves in the county alone by 1870. The North Carolina would have to approve the measure for it to be formalized. A similar resolution is currently pending in the state house.