Under the Dome by ryanteaguebeckwith

A large, happy crowd

Andrew Newby said the crowd was different.

A 32-year-old litigation technologist from Burlington, he drove up to the inauguration with his wife Kate and a friend, Heather Stam.

The three stood just outside a crush of people waiting for the ceremony to begin this morning. The bitter cold and a line that filled an entire city street from building to building did not seem to bother people, however.

"I've never seen such a large, happy crowd," he said.

Published – 20092001

Under the Dome by ryanteaguebeckwith

From integration to inauguration

History circled back on itself this morning.

As a fourth-grader in 1964, Joy Vanhook Nelson and nine classmates integrated Aycock Elementary in rural Orange County.

Racists called her names. The high-school student who drove the elementary school bus insisted she and her black classmates sit at the back. And the school was named for one of the leaders of the Wilmington race riots in 1898.

This morning

Published – 20092001