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By Chuck Weber email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX)-People of all ages watched history being made Tuesday. At Jupiter Care Center, residents gathered in the recreation room to watch the inauguration.

The eyes in the room have witnessed many presidents take the oath of office. But this inauguration held special significance, especially for the facility's African-American residents.

"It was wonderful," exclaimed Lelia Woodberry, who turns 76 later this week. "All those people turned out," Woodberry said, referring to the huge throng on the Mall in Washington.

Woodberry and neighbor Laura Ingram, 79, both said they never expected to see a black president in their lifetimes. Why not? "Because the way the world was," replied Ingram.

But the world has changed, at least enough to bring Barack Obama to the White House. And the two women at Jupiter Care Center say they hope for even greater racial harmony in the future. Ingram and Woodberry also said they will be praying for the new president, especially in light of the country's current problems.

"I just feel wonderful and I feel happy, and grateful to my heavenly father," said Ingram.

"I shed some tears of joy when he won," added Woodberry. "I never did think I'd live to see it. And I lived to see it. And I'm so happy."

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