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Mississippi officially abolishes slavery
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Published: Feb. 18, 2013 at 4:35 PM

JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Mississippi has officially joined the rest of the nation in ratifying the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, officials say.

While the amendment to the Constitution passed when three-quarters of the states ratified it in 1865, Mississippi didn't get around to voting in favor of it until 1995. But then someone dropped the ball and failed to notify the U.S. archivist so Mississippi was never officially marked down as having ratified the end to slavery.

That oversight was rectified this month after Ranjan Batra, an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, learned about it after seeing the movie "Lincoln," The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.

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