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Give Seacole due acclaim

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Baroness Floella Benjamin and Lord Soley of Hammersmith are in jubilant mood as the statue of Mary Seacole is unveiled in London.


I was saddened that the recognition of Mary Seacole's contribution to the Crimean War did not make the front page of your paper or the front of any section.

As you know, this is the first black woman, and one of a handful of women outside of royalty, in whose honour statues or memorials have been raised in the Commonwealth.

Born in 1805, before Emancipation in Jamaica, her work during the Crimean War (1854-1856) was extraordinary for any man or woman. Jamaicans need to be inspired by the work of our citizens and to take pride in our heritage of boldness, innovation and service exemplified by Ms Seacole.

I hope you will find it possible to do a story that honours this Jamaican, the work of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue appeal, which, over several years, above protests, raised the funds for the statue in Ms Seacole's honour in front of St Thomas Hospital, London, England, and the many who contributed to this important milestone.


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