The city of High Point is appointing a commission that will study potential slavery reparations for Black residents.
The City Council on Monday approved a resolution that establishes the “One High Point Commission.”
The 13-member committee will explore what some refer to as High Point's historical support of slavery and complicity in racial discrimination.
Potential outcomes may include a formal apology and financial compensation.
The High Point Enterprise reports the resolution was requested by the High Point chapter of the NAACP and approved by a 5-4 vote.
Supporters say the resolution is non-committal, and that the commission will only be charged with making recommendations. Any further action would have to be approved by City Council.
Mayor Jay Wagner came down against the proposal, citing the need for additional public input and questioning the city's legal authority in the matter.
The commission will have one year to study the issue and make its recommendations. All of its meetings will be open to the public.