ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s highest court is formally making a historic transformation.

New Supreme Court Justice Wilhelmina Wright was set Tuesday to take her oath and a spot on the seven-member panel. Wright is blazing a path as the first black woman to serve on the court. She is also the 90th associate justice in state history.

The current appeals court judge was named to the position in August by Gov. Mark Dayton. Wright is the first Supreme Court appointment by a Democratic governor in more than two decades.

Wright replaces Justice Helen Meyer, who stepped down to pursue other career opportunities.

An installation ceremony involving other judges, Dayton and various elected officials was scheduled for the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

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