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.
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.
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!!!