Mary Seacole (1805 – 1881)


Inspiration for Activism!

  •  British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the British Hotel behind the lines during the Crimean War
  • inveterate traveller, and before her marriage visited other parts of the

    Mary Seacole

    Caribbean, including Cuba, Haiti and the Bahamas, as well as Central America and Britain. On these trips she complimented her knowledge of traditional medicine with European medical ideas.

  • Funded her own trip to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava to provide ‘a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers’. She also visited the battlefield, sometimes under fire, to nurse the wounded, and became known as ‘Mother Seacole’.
  • Her reputation rivaled that of Florence Nightingale.

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