Statue

Mary Seacole statue

Erection date: 30/6/2016

Inscription

{Incised on the terrace in front of the statue:}
Mary Seacole, nurse of the Crimean War 1805 - 1881.
Wherever the need arises on whatever distant shore I ask no higher or greater privilege than to minister to it.

{On a slate plaque laid into the ground behind the statue:}
This bronze disk bears an impression of the ground taken from the site in Crimea where Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole ministered to British soldiers during the war of 1853 - 1856.

"I trust that England will not forget one who nursed her sick, who sought out her wounded to aid and succour them and who performed the last offices for some of her illustrious dead."
Sir William Howard Russell war correspondent, The Times 1857.

{Incised on the stone step behind the statue:}
Sculptor: Martin Jennings
Founder: Pangolin Editions, 2016

The statue is lit at night and the shadow of the figure on the bronze disk photographs well.

Site: Mary Seacole statue (1 memorial)

SE1, Westminster Bridge Road, St Thomas's Hospital Gardens

Considered the first statue in Britain to a named black woman and, we believe, 2021, 5 years later, still the only one.

The erection of this statue was quite controversial. The opposition was apparently based on Seacole not being a qualified nurse (though they barely existed at the time) and the location, this being very much Florence Nightingale's hospital.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Mary Seacole statue

Subjects commemorated i

Crimean War

War between Russia and an alliance of France, Germany, Britain, Turkey and th...

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Mary Seacole

Jamaican nurse, heroine of the Crimean War. That's the standard depiction of ...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Mary Seacole statue

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Pangolin Editions

A foundry which casts and fabricates sculpture.

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Sir William Howard Russell

War correspondent. Born near Dublin. 1841 began in journalism, came to London...

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