In the 18th century, the prestigious College of English Jesuits at Saint-Omer welcomed three American descendants of Irish Catholics immigrants who had made a new home in Maryland. At the time, the College had a worldwide reputation for excellence and offered students a stellar education.
Once educated, the three Carroll sons returned to Maryland to defend the values of modern democracy. They went on to play important roles during the time of the American Revolution beside Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
To celebrate this historical link between the city of Saint-Omer and the state of Maryland, the French city welcomed 13 American interns during the 240th anniversary of American Independence. This event provided the opportunity for these students to meet French classmates who will have the chance to go to Maryland next October in order to participate in an exchange program.