Jamaica declares November 23rd Mary Seacole Day

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Jamaica is hurrying down towards Christmas now, it seems. Not a gallop yet – just a gentle canter. Lots of happenings and running up and down, and things seem a little brighter and more lively than last year’s season, which was fairly glum.

There is some cheerful news here, though. The Government of Jamaica has finally seen fit to officially recognize the life and legacy of Mary Seacole. Yesterday was declared Mary Seacole Day, and there was a small ceremony to celebrate near the site of the inn where she worked, Blundell Hall, an inn or boarding house where she was born, at 8 East Street. The UK has really done a great deal in her memory, including a magnificent statue at St. Thomas Hospital in London. You can read a great deal of interesting history here, from Dr. Elizabeth N. Anionwu, Professor Emeritus of Nursing at…

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