Welcome to post-slavery America, Mississippi! It only took 148 years, but better late than never, right?
The state officially became the last to ratify the 13th amendment of the United States, which abolished slavery. Their state government voted unanimously, in 1995, to ratify the amendment. However, due to a clerical error, the state never officially notified the US Archivist. Therefore, the amendment was never ratified in the state.
It wasn’t until the movie “Lincoln” came out, when a couple of guys in Mississippi thought it’d be a good idea to fix this mistake.
One of the people involved in fixing the issue, was Ken Sullivan, who called in to the TJMS to explain to Roland Martin how this all came together. In case you missed the interview, you can listen below.