Mary Jane Seacole



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Mary Seacole's book, the Wonderful adventures of Mrs Seacole in many lands, is filled with a number of adventures, but it also sometimes reflects on uncomfortable issues such as racism. When her offer of her nursing services for soldiers in the Crimea was turned down by the British government '[d]oubts and suspicions arose in my heart for the first time. É Was it possible that American prejudices against colour had some root here?' Restoring Seacole's place in British history in recent years has not been easy. Attempts to name a small road after Mary Seacole, turned into a heated debate in a London borough because some residents objected to its 'political correctness'.

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