This Georgetown freshman is 63, and attending the school that enslaved her ancestorsBreaking News
tags: slavery, George Washington University
Mélisande Short-Colomb sits cross-legged on the purple comforter draped over her twin bed. She lives in the dorms here at Georgetown University, where she just wrapped up her first semester as a freshman.
Short-Colomb is 63. But that's not all that makes her different from her student peers.Last year, she learned about her ancestors' ties to the university when she was contacted by a genealogist tracing the descendants of slaves that Jesuits at Georgetown owned almost two centuries ago. She had been working in New Orleans as a chef, but when Georgetown offered her and all of the descendants of the slaves a special legacy admission status, she decided to become a student again.
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