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Gov. Mike Easley knew he had appointed the right person to the North Carolina Supreme Court when the new judge started giving him orders at the governor’s mansion.

Patricia Timmons-Goodson had just been sworn in as the first African-American woman on the state’s Supreme Court. At a Governor’s Mansion reception, her mother, husband, two sons, and five brothers and sisters accompanied her. For some, it was their first time at the mansion.

“It was a source of pride,” said Timmons-Goodson, 64, in an interview this month. “And I really realized it was really happening.”

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