Kentucky's first black Supreme Court Justice was sworn in Tuesday.
William McAnulty Junior was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher in June. He replaced Justice Martin Johnstone. He was previously on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
McAnulty, who is 58, will serve until the end of the year, when Johnstone's term would have expired. But he is currently campaigning for a full term on the high court against Jefferson County Circuit Judge Ann O'Malley Shake.
If Shake wins, she would become only the third woman to serve on the state Supreme Court.
McAnulty finished first in the May primary election, three percentage points ahead of Shake.
The state NAACP says that McAnulty's appointment marks a historic day for Kentucky.