RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A new justice has taken her place on North Carolina's highest court.
Court of Appeals Judge Cheri Beasley was elevated to the Supreme Court when Chief Justice Sarah Parker swore her in Thursday afternoon inside the Supreme Court's courtroom.
Beasley replaced Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson, who retired last month and was the first black woman to serve on the state Supreme Court. Beasley spoke at the ceremony and called Timmons-Goodson a trailblazer.
Beasley was one of two black women serving on the state Court of Appeals, North Carolina's intermediate appeals court.
Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Beasley, who will have to seek re-election in 2014 if she wants her own eight-year term on the seven-member court.
Attorney General Roy Cooper and Secretary of State Elaine Marshall also participated in Thursday's ceremony.