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Lorraine McKee
Lorraine McKee • 1 year ago

The only known photograph of Mary Seacole (1805-1881), who was a Jamaican nurse in the Crimean war. She traveled to the Crimean despite discrimination from the War Office (for being a woman) and Florence Nightingale (for being black). She saved many lives on both sides of conflicts, tending the wounded on the battlefield, under fire. "...being dark, [she] could scarce be seen for the flame of Florence's candle" (Salman Rushdie).

  • Elizabeth Dutton
    Elizabeth Dutton • 1 year ago

    What a great photo!

  • Lorraine McKee
    Lorraine McKee • 1 year ago

    Indeed! She was an amazing woman that history almost forgot.

  • Cecili'a
    Cecili'a • 1 year ago

    Thank You So Much for this Photograph and write-up! You just provided a new, amazing historical figure for me to research and eagerly get to know! :-)

  • Lorraine McKee
    Lorraine McKee • 1 year ago

    *blush* aw, thank you :D She's an amazing figure. I'm currently doing some research into an ebook I hope to put out later this year and she's one of the people I definitely want to include as a figure who has been unrecognised for yeas and she was amazingly badass -- she paid her own way over into the Crimean and tended to soldiers on the battlefield, during battle. I have to confess that a kid's show (Horrible Histories) put me onto her with this song: http://www.youtube.com/watc...

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