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Passive Voice, Active Prejudice: Mary Seacole in Children’s Literature and Media

This week, Britain’s ITV showed a programme on Mary Seacole entitled “In the Shadow of Mary Seacole.” In some ways, the programme could have been titled, “Mary Seacole in the Shadow of British Racism.” Many people who initially celebrated the fact that ITV was telling the story of the woman labeled “The Greatest Black Briton” in 2004 were dismayed to find that the programme was put on the schedule at 10:40 pm. 1,069 more words

Children's Literature

ITV Programme on Black Victorian Heroine Mary Seacole

ITV tonight are broadcasting a documentary about Mary Seacole, one of the Victorian heroines you don’t hear about. The blurb in the Radio Times for the documentary runs… 189 more words


Remember Mary Seacole

“See, here is Mary Seacole, who did as much in the Crimea as another magic-lamping lady, but, being dark, could scarce be seen for the flame of Florence’s candle.” – Salman Rushdie, S…

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Mary Seacole, Google UK Devotes Doodle to Multicultural Myth

Today’s Google UK doodle is in memory of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born black woman who the BBC simperingly describe as “a pioneering nurse and heroine of the Crimean War, who as a woman of mixed race overcame a double prejudice.”  217 more words


Mary Seacole (1805-1881)

From the depths of historical obscurity, Mary Seacole has risen to great prominence in recent years. With fame often comes controversy, and there have been several attempts to play down the influence of Mrs Seacole’s endeavours. 729 more words

Black London

Statues and Monuments: Mary Seacole

Anyone visiting St Thomas’ hospital in central London recently will have noticed a statue as you enter from Westminster Bridge. It is of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican woman, who nursed sick and wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, where she became known as ‘Mother Seacole’. 310 more words