It only took 130 years, but the Mississippi Senate finally voted to abolish slavery.
The House will vote next on the amendment, which senators unanimously approved Thursday with no debate.
Mississippi is the only state never to ratify the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery.
The state held out when the slavery amendment was adopted in 1865, in part because lawmakers were angry they had not been reimbursed for freed slaves.
Democratic state Sen. Hillman Frazier, who brought the inaction to the attention of lawmakers this year, said the Legislature has a responsibility to address it.
“It’s never a waste of time to correct a wrong,” he said.
But Republican state Sen. Mike Gunn called the vote silly.
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