As millions headed to Washington D.C. to witness President Obama take the oath of office, many stayed at home or gathered with friends across eastern Carolina to watch the inauguration of the first African-American President.
In the Beaufort County city of Washington, Chynna Bonner set up an inaugural party for family and friends at Southern Cheers. It was a special event for her parents who are now in their 80's. Her parents told us they're happy they could be alive to see this day. Beaufort County's NAACP President also attended and says this historic inauguration is proof of a new change in America.
Pitt County's Southern Christian Leadership Conference President decided to watch the event with his wife and fellow SCLC member at his home. Rufus Huggins says President Obama shows how all races pulled together to bring about change in this country.