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Depicting Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881) British-Jamaican business woman and nurse.
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Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881) British-Jamaican business woman and nurse who set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War.
Born Mary Jane Grant in Kingston, Jamaica, she was the daughter of James Grant, a Scottish Lieutenant in the British Army, and a free Jamaican woman. Her mother was a "doctress", a healer who used traditional Caribbean and African herbal remedies and it was from her that Mary acquired her knowledge of herbal medicine.
When the Crimean War broke out, she applied to the War Office to assist but was refused. She travelled independently and set up her hotel and assisted battlefield wounded. She became extremely popular among service personnel, who raised money for her when she faced destitution after the war.
Her work in Crimea was overshadowed by Florence Nightingale's for many years. She has been better remembered in the Caribbean, where significant buildings were named after her in the 1950s and she was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. By the 21st century Seacole had become a much more prominent figure in the UK and she was voted into first place in an online poll of 100 Great Black Britons in 2004.
Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857), is one of the earliest autobiographies of a mixed-race woman, although some aspects of its accuracy have been questioned. Controversy broke out in the United Kingdom late in 2012 over reports of a proposal to remove her from the UK's National Curriculum - this was heavily, and successfully, petitioned against.