It’s official: Mississippi abolishes slavery in 2013

Posted at 11:44 PM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 23:44:54-05

Better late than never.

The state of Mississippi just officially abolished slavery a few weeks ago.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865.

Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying it last month.

They're 148 years late!

So what made them finally come around?

It was the movie "Lincoln."

A man went to see the Steven Spielberg film, and was so moved by it, he went to do some research.

He learned that Mississippi voted to ratify the amendment in 1995 but failed to make it official by notifying the U.S. Archivist.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, it's unclear why the state never sent the U.S. Archivist Mississippi’s 1995 resolution.