Mary Seacole was a Jamaican nurse who risked her own life to treat the wounded in the Crimean War. As Mary was black, Florence Nightingale turned her away several times, so she set up her own 'British Hotel' and worked round the clock to nurse the soldiers. Often she would go out into the field to treat them too. A remarkable woman who is, at last, getting some recognition for her hard and dangerous work.

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How Mary Seacole was made a saint and Florence Nightingake was smeared

Mary Seacole, Jamaican Herbalist. During Crimean War performed surgery on the frontline and established the "British Hotel" providing supplies for soldiers and quarters for sick and infirmed.

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Mary Seacole Plaque © Copyright L Reddie, Profile: A pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean war. Plaque location: 141 George Street, London, W1H 5LB Plaque Inscription: 'Jamaican Nurse Heroine of the Crimean war lived in a house on this site.'

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November 20, 1973 The gravesite of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who served in the Crimean War, is restored in England. Traveling to the battlefield at her own expense, when her expert services are rejected by English authorities and Florence Nightingale, Seacole opens her own nursing hotel, which she operates by day, serving as a volunteer with Nightingale at night.

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Mary Seacole. The real Florence Nightingale - sorry Flo. But honestly, Florence did the PR job whilst it was Jamaican born Mary who was doing the graft. And of course being a black nurse in Victorian England was not without it's difficulties. If you don't know about Mary Seacole ... find out!!!

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