Mary Seacole Statue in London, England

United Kingdom

By Contested Histories Initiative

The 2016 statue commemorating Mary Seacole at St. Thomas Hospital in London is the first statue in the United Kingdom dedicated to a named black woman. Mary Seacole is remembered for her involvement as a nurse in the Crimean War. However, some argue that her figure has been mythologised and she should not get such a prominent statue. This case study analyses the controversies provoked by the monument and her figure and how it came to be with the involvement of governmental support and grassroots advocacy.

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