148 years after the original amendment prohibiting slavery passed through Congress, Mississippi has officially ratified the amendment.
According to reports, Miss. voted to ratify the law in 1995 but somehow the United States Archivist was not notified, thus, it was never officially recorded as being passed.
Luckily, a doctor from India named Dr. Ranjan Batra, after watching the film Lincoln began researching the ratifying dates of different states. That’s when he noticed Miss. was missing a date.
Soon after, the doctor and a friend contacted Miss. state officials to have the law officially ratified.
The official paperwork was filed on January 30 and the amendment has now been officially passed.