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First black female U.S. District Judge in Mississippi sworn in

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Debra Brown has become the first black woman to be a U.S. district judge in Mississippi.

During the private ceremony Wednesday, Brown was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Michael Mills, chief judge in the state's northern district.

Court officials say a public installation ceremony will take place sometime in 2014.

President Barack Obama nominated Brown in May for a judgeship presiding over court in Greenville. The post came open when Judge W. Allen Pepper Jr. died in 2012.

The U.S. Senate voted 90-0 to confirm Brown in November.

Brown is a Yazoo City native. She graduated with a degree in architecture from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi.

She has worked in two Jackson law firms, Wise Carter Child & Caraway; and Phelps Dunbar.

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