Vistors At Historic Topeka Site View Inauguration

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Carolyn Jackson couldn't hold back her emotions as President Barack Obama finished taking the oath of office.

Standing in the auditorium of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Jackson wiped tears from her face. She said, ``I finally feel like a belong.''

Jackson was among 220 people who watched the inauguration from the former Monroe School. The building was at the heart of the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling that overturned segregated education.

Jackson grew up in rural Louisiana. As Obama became the first black president, she recalled being a school girl in a segregated school. Tuesday's event does not make up for the past, she said, but it's ``getting closer.''

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