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

DebraBrown has become the first black woman to be a U.S. district judge inMississippi.

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

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

PresidentBarack Obama nominated Brown in May for a judgeship presiding over court inGreenville. 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 isa Yazoo City native. She graduated with a degree in architecture fromMississippi State University and a law degree from the University ofMississippi.

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