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Nearly 150 years after the Thirteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution, Mississippi has finally become the last state to ratify it, banning slavery.
After seeing the movie Lincoln, Dr. Ranjan Batra, an immigrant from India, discovered that the state never ratified the amendment.
According to Yahoo News, in 1995, the state unanimously voted to abolish slavery, but due to an oversight Mississippi never notified United States Archivist. This means that the southern state has officially been with slavery for nearly 20 years after most people thought it was completely abolished.
After Dr. Batra and his friend Ken Sullivan commanded that state officials file the correct paperwork, the amendment has been ratified.
Dick Molpus, former secretary of state told The Clarion Ledger, “What an amendment to have an error in filing. Thanks to Ken Sullivan for being a good citizen in bringing this oversight to light, so it can be corrected.”
Sullivan said that seeing Lincoln certainly played a role in his actions.