Mary Jane Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse who is known for her incredible work helping the sick and wounded during the Crimean War. Boni Odoemene tells us a bit about her adventurous life.
Mary Jane Seacole (bornGrant; 23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881) was a British-Jamaican nurse and businesswoman who set up the “British Hotel” behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described the hotel as “a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers”, and provided succour for wounded service men on the battlefield, nursing many of them back to health. Coming from a tradition of Jamaican and West African “doctresses”, Seacole displayed “compassion, skills and bravery while nursing soldiers during the Crimean War”, through the use of herbal remedies. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton.