Mississippi ratified the 13th Amendment in 1995, but it was never recorded.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that on Jan. 30, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann sent the Office of the Federal Register a copy of the 1995 Senate resolution, adopted by both the Mississippi Senate and House. On Feb. 7, Charles A. Barth, director of the Federal Register, wrote back that he had received the resolution and recorded the state’s action.
The newspaper reports the oversight was found by some Mississippians who after seeing the movie “Lincoln” looked up historical accounts of Mississippi’s action.
Giving Mississippi the benefit of the doubt, given that it was ratified in 1995, it took them only 130 years to ban slavery.