Surprised? Yeah, and you probably thought slavery actually ended with the 13th Amendment. But in Mississippi the law was never officially ratified. Apparently, in 1995, Mississippi was the only state not to ratify the law. At that time, the law passed unanimously but was never sent to Office of the Federal Register at the National Archives, which is a required step. Uh, oh.
Two individuals recently discovered the oversight and contacted the Mississippi Secretary of State and the error was corrected. So on February 7th, the state was informed the ratification process was official. Bad news plantation owners. But still, 148 years to officially ratify the 13th Amendment because of an error? I wonder what other laws the state has forgotten to officially recognize.
Until Next Time,