North Carolina Welcomes Bev
Story and photos by Wade Allen, Managing Editor
On Jan. 10, North
Carolina made history and
inaugurated its first female
Beverly (Bev) Perdue
was inaugurated in Raleigh
across the street from the
She became North
Carolina's 73rd governor.
included former North
Carolina governors Jim
Hunt, Jim Holshouser and
Arguably the state's
most famous resident, television icon
Andy Griffith, delivered a special reading
and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan could be
seen giving the new governor applause
upon the conclusion of her inaugural
Many members of the North
Carolina General Assembly were present
to congratulate the new governor along
with members of the state supreme
The inauguration ceremony featured
a 19-gun salute and a military fly over in
the Perdue's honor.
Following the inauguration was a
parade up Fayetteville Street in Raleigh
and tours through the Capitol Building.
The Executive Mansion was also
open for three hours and the line consisted
of nearly 5,000 people waiting to take
a self-guided tour.
Editor's note: Managing Editor Wade
Allen became a footnote to history when he was interviewed by NPR and WRAL-TV.