Mississippi finally abolishes slavery

February 22, 2013 in Top Stories

From Media Reports

Daniel Day Lewis stars in "Lincoln."

JACKSON – Due to a procedural glitch the last time around, Mississippi – this month – formally ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery within the state.

It comes a bit late though.

The United States abolished slavery with a constitutional amendment in 1865.  But, there were several states that opposed the 13th amendment.  And Mississippi didn’t get around to voting on it until 1995.

But, as reported in The Clarion-Ledger, a key step was never taken and the ratification was never made official.

The error, however, was discovered after an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center saw the Steven Spielberg film, “Lincoln.” Dr. Ranjan Batraand and a co-worker notified the Mississippi Secretary of State, which confirmed the error and

sent the required paperwork to the national archives.

The Federal Register responded on Feb. 7 affirming that the 13th amendment to the

Constitution had finally been ratified.