Mary Seacole

by Kim Harman

Basic Information

Mary was born is Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish officer and her mother was a free Jamaican creole. Even as a young child Mary loved medicine. Mary achieved a good education and trained as a nurse. Mary came back from the war and was ill she died May 14, 1881.


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.”
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Be Inspired

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.