It’s really hard to believe, but the state of Mississippi ratified the 13th amendment 11 days ago. That’s right. The amendment that abolishes slavery, and became part of the U.S. Constitution in 1865, was officially ratified in Mississippi on February 7, 2013. Now to be quite honest, actually Mississippi voted to ratify the 13th amendment in 1995, however, they “forgot” to notify the U.S. archivist in order to make it official.
Apparently a Mississippi citizen, Ranjan Batra, after seeing Spielberg’s movie Lincoln, did some research on the 13th amendment and its ratification. He discovered that all the states involved in the Civil War had eventually ratified the amendment—except for, you guessed it—Mississippi. When the Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was notified of this “oversight,” it was discovered that the 1995 vote was not made official and he filed the proper paperwork with the Office of the Federal Register on January 30, 2013. Official ratification is now noted as February 7.
Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger said they didn’t have a clue as to why the paperwork was never sent in in 1995. The paper quoted Mississippi’s then Secretary of State, Dick Molpus, as saying, “What an amendment to have an error in filing.”
It should be noted that Delaware rejected the 13th amendment in 1865, only to ratify it in 1901, and Kentucky, having rejected it in 1865, ratified it in 1976.