The Final Slave Holding State Ratifies the 13th Amendment Officially filing in 2013

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The process to ratify the 13th amendment began in 1995 in the state of Mississippi, and has finally been filed and officially ratified in 2013.

The Clarion Ledger reports that Dr. Ranjan Batra, a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, looked into states ratifying an amendment after watching Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” last November and learned that Mississippi never approved the amendment after initially rejecting it in 1865.

Batra then told colleague Ken Sullivan who called the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register to inform them that Mississippi still did not ratify the 13th Amendment.
“I felt very connected to the history,” Sullivan told the Clarion Ledger.

Sullivan was able to retrieve a copy of a 1995 Senate resolution, which passed both the Mississippi House and Senate, that ratified the amendment to abolish slavery, but it was never sent to the Office of the Federal Register.

“What an amendment to have an error in filing,” Dick Molpus, Mississippi’s former secretary of state, told the Clarion Ledger. “Thanks to Ken Sullivan for being a good citizen in bringing this oversight to light, so it can be corrected.”

Current Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann sent the Office of the Federal Register a copy of the 1995 Senate bill and on Feb. 7, Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment.

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