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Mary Seacole

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Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant; 23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881) was a BritishJamaican nurse, healer and businesswoman who set up the “British Hotel” behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as “a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers”, and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield, and nursed 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.


In the Shadow of Mary Seacole 

David Harewood embarks on a personal three-year journey across Britain, Jamaica and Crimea following the creation of a major new statue of Mary Seacole.

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