Professor unveils Mary Seacole statue

A Sheffield Hallam University professor has helped to unveil a new statue, honouring the Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole.

Monday, 4th July 2016, 5:00 am

It is the first statue in the UK dedicated to a named black woman, thanks to the work of many volunteers including professor of nursing Laura Serrant, who is one of the ambassadors of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal.

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The appeal for the Jamaican-born nurse to be honoured, for her services in caring for wounded British soldiers during the 1853-1856 conflict, took 12 years but finally, last week, the bronze statue was unveiled in the garden of St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Over £500,000 was raised through donations and Chancellor George Osborne announced that £240,000 of LIBOR banking fines would be donated to the appeal to pay for the installation.

Professor Laura Serrant, said: “As a previous Mary Seacole Nursing Leadership Award winner, a black woman, academic and most importantly, a nurse, I have looked to inspiring and determined leaders to guide me. Mary Seacole, for so many reasons, is one of the giants on whose shoulders I proudly stand.”