Mary Seacole

Day 15: Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica, the daughter of a Scottish soldier and free black woman. While living in the Caribbean, she acquired knowledge of herbal medicine which came in handy when the Crimean War broke out in 1853. Seacole set up a “British Hotel” behind the lines during the war, where she helped wounded soldiers and administered medicine for dysentery and cholera. In 2004, she was voted the greatest black Briton.

Her link is incredibly sparse so I’m going to give you the wikipedia link today. Also recommend checking out her book Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands which, although the accuracy has been questioned by some historians, is one of the first autobiographies of a mixed race woman.