History was made on Wednesday when Gerald Webb became the first African American to be sworn in as a Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge.

More than 200 people packed Judge Gary Starnes’ courtroom to see local attorney Gerald Webb take the Oath of Office.

Judge Starnes said a Bible that was given to Webb’s father over 70 years ago was used during the ceremony.

“On this very day here in Hamilton County, it is absolutely unbelievable that this Bible, given to Gerald’s father 73 years ago, a time when this nation was segregated, is the very same Bible that will now be used to swear in Gerald Webb, the very first African American Judge in history of Hamilton County,” Judge Starnes remarked during the ceremony. “Congratulations Gerald.”

Webb was appointed by the Hamilton County Commission last week.

He will replace Judge Clarence Shattuck who retired at the end of March after 36 years on the bench.

Webb will hold the judgeship for Shattuck’s remaining term that ends in 2022.