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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

In quest to find birth family, woman makes 'life-altering' discovery: She's a princess

CulbersonWhen Sarah Culberson was 28 years old, she began searching for her biological family. Sarah was adopted by a white family and raised in West Virginia. Sarah later found out that her mother died when she was 11 and her father lived in a village in Sierra Leone. 

In Sarah's quest to find her birth family, she found out from her uncle that she was related to African royalty and is a princess. Sarah's family comes from the Mende tribe in Bumpe, Sierra Leone. Sarah is a malahoi, which means she is the child of the paramount chief, making her the princess of the Bumpe Village.

"The Mende are one of the two largest ethnic groups in Sierra Leone, accounting for 33.2 percent of the country’s population. The tribe is generally found in the east and the south of the country." 

Sarah was not only very surprised, but was unsure what Princess life really meant. Sarah stated that the only familiarity she had with princess life was what she saw on TV. Sarah explained that although she is now a princess, she came into more responsibility than she did money. 

See Char Adams, In quest to find birth family, woman makes 'life-altering' discovery: She's a princess, Yahoo, December 17, 2020.

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  



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