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.