When Did Mississippi Abolish Slavery? The Answer Will Shock You!
Dr. Ranjan Batra of the University of Mississippi Medical Center was born in India, but he became a U.S. citizen in 2008. Ranjan saw the movie "Lincoln" in November noticed that Mississippi voted against the 13th amendment that freed the slaves and got curious about when his home state finally, officially ratified it. What he found out was that they HADN'T yet.
Mississippi voted to ratify it in 1995 131 YEARS after it was added to the constitution but they never filed the paperwork with the U.S. Archivist. So it wasn't official.
No one knows why the Archivist wasn't notified in 1995 but when the state government found out they hadn't abolished slavery yet, they took care of it and abolished slavery in Mississippi on February 7, 2013.