by Kim Harman
Mary Seacole is a Jamaican nurse who cared for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War.
“I must say that I don’t appreciate your friend’s kind wishes with respect to my complexion. If it had been as dark as a nigger’s, I should have been just as happy and useful, and as much respected by those whose respect I value: and as to his offer of bleaching me, I should, even if it were practicable, decline it without any thanks.”
Mary went to the War Office where she asked to be sent into war as an army nurse, she was refused. Since she was refused she funded her own trip and eventually got to the battlefield. she was known as Mother Seacole.