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Mary Seacole statue unveiled at St Thomas' Hospital

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A statue of Mary Seacole - the Jamaican-born woman who cared for wounded soldiers in the Crimean war - has been unveiled in the gardens of St Thomas' Hospital on the South Bank.

Mary Seacole statue unveiled at St Thomas' Hospital
Lord Soley
Labour peer Lord Soley, who initiated and has led the project
Mary Seacole statue unveiled at St Thomas' Hospital
The bronze disc at the back of the statue was cast using an impression from soil in the Crimea
Mary Seacole statue unveiled at St Thomas' Hospital
Baroness Benjamin, deputy lieutenant of Greater London (better known as TV presenter Floella Benjamin)

The installation of the statue is the culmination of a 13-year appeal led by Lord Soley of Hammersmith, the former Labour MP.

The statue was unveiled by Baroness Benjamin OBE, deputy lieutenant of Greater London (aka TV presenter Floella Benjamin).

The Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal raised more than 500,000 through donations from thousands of individual supporters as well as a number of larger donors.

In November last year Chancellor George Osborne announced that 240,000 of LIBOR banking fines would be donated to the appeal to pay for the installation.

The choice of location for the statue – the gardens of St Thomas' Hospital – has proved controversial because of the site's close association with Florence Nightingale and because of Seacole's lack of formal nursing credentials.


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