BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Local voters have the opportunity to remove language about “involuntary servitude” from the state constitution, and advocates say it’s long overdue.

“Anyone who believes that slavery should be abolished should vote yes on number seven,” explained the CEO of Slave State, Ringo Bosley.

Louisiana’s current constitution states, “Slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited, except in the latter case as punishment for crime.”

“Vote Yes on 7” Coalition wants to see this changed.

Curtis Ray Davis II, the Executive Director of Decarcerate Louisiana, said, “The new constitution would read that slavery and involuntary servitude are prohibited. Period. It will outlaw the use of human beings as property.”

Davis believes amendment seven is unethical, and his opinion was formed by first-hand experience.

Davis was convicted of second-degree murder and later exonerated.

He says after all of his years of hard labor, he was sent home with hardly anything.

Davis told BRProud, “I worked picking cotton, okra, grains, squash, selling pecans, shucking corn and so many different things and started making $0.20 an hour at that for a little while. But after 25 years of constant labor, I came home with about $124 in my account.”

Though State Representative Edmond Jordan authored the bill in hopes of removing slavery from the Constitution, he now says he’ll vote against the proposal.

Jordan explained that the language used in the ballot measure changed and now fails to reflect his intention. According to Jordan, the new wording can be interpreted in various ways, including an interpretation that would reads as an approval of the permission of slavery.

Representative Jordan says, “The rewritten language has been interpreted in different ways, with varying implications. My intent is to restrict the use of involuntary servitude, not broaden.”

Jordan says he intends to oppose the amendment next session.