Last week saw the unveiling of the first ever statue to a black woman in Britain – Mary Seacole, a wartime nursing pioneer. PETER FROST has the story.
In the face of rampant racist abuse and xenophobic graffiti making the headlines after the referendum we should specifically celebrate one most positive contribution to multi-cultural understanding in Britain today.
Last week the first ever public statue of a black woman anywhere in Britain was unveiled. Crimean nurse Mary Seacole, sculpted in bronze, now stands in the grounds of St Thomas’s hospital in London — she’s facing the Houses of Parliament across the river.
The £500,000 bronze memorial shows her marching out to the battlefield, a medical bag over her shoulder, a row of medals proudly pinned to her chest.
Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS foundation trust have provided the site. The sculptor, Martin Jennings, is well known for his bronze of…
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