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Seacole and the Queen

Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish soldier and her mother was Jamaican. Although technically ‘free,’ being of mixed race, Mary and her family had few civil rights. She married Edwin Horatio Hamilton Seacole (the godson of Admiral Horatio Nelson.)

War had been declared against Russia and following her trip to Panama, Mary had a pressing desire to go to Crimea to nurse the British soldiers. Then, Mary Seacole made a Hawaiʻi connection; Queen Emma made a brief stopover in Kingston on her way to London. Mrs Seacole placed a cloak around Her Majesty. (Seacole was voted Greatest Black Briton in 2004.)

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