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Capt. Andrea Corridor, a firefighter from Fulton County, Ga., delivers the pledge of allegiance during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday.

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Capt. Andrea Hall, a firefighter from Fulton County, Ga., provides the pledge of allegiance in the course of the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Wednesday.

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Andrea Hall, a profession firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance throughout the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

Corridor recited the common text of the pledge out loud and in American Sign Language.

In accordance to The 19th, a nonprofit information firm, Corridor was the 1st Black girl hired and assigned to a station at the Town of Albany Fire Office, and then the initially Black lady to serve as hearth captain at Fulton County Fireplace Rescue. She was a rare woman in an business dominated by guys — just 1% of firefighters had been gals when she transferred in to Fulton County, The 19th experiences.

President-elect Joe Biden and invited company stand for the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance at the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

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President-elect Joe Biden and invited guests stand for the nationwide anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance at the inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

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“I just am intending to symbolize, my family, the town of South Fulton, females, African-American females, firefighters, and anyone in the country, perfectly,” Corridor instructed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Corridor introduced the pledge in sign language, which is unusual for an inauguration. Biden’s Presidential Inaugural Committee has created accessibility a stated priority and is offering ASL interpretation, stay shut captioning and audio descriptions for the day’s gatherings.

Julia Krieger, of the Biden inaugural committee, tells NPR that to the very best of the committee’s knowledge, conducting the pledge simultaneously in English and ASL “was a very first.”