Mary Seacole Memorial Unveiled

Posted on July 6, 2016

She has been hailed as the Greatest Black Briton and now Mary Seattle’s memory has been immortalised in bronze with the first statue to a named British black woman, in recognition of her dedication in caring for injured British army officers and soldiers in the Crimean War. The statue, featuring a memorial disc created from an imprint of the ground in Crimea near to the battlefield where Mary based herself, was unveiled outside St Thomas’s Hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament yesterday (30 June 16), by Baroness Flotilla Benjamin and Army Reserve nurses from 256 (City of London) Field Hospital, who all work in London NHS hospitals. Lance Corporal Bodden-Whisker is an Army Reserve nurse with 256 Field Hospital, and is a theatre nurse in civilian life a the Royal Middlesex Hospital. She said: “It’s a great feeling to be involved in this. It’s a unique, one-time experience. It’s good, and the sun came out just for us.”

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