Who was Mary Seacole?

Mary Seacole holding a cup.

This is Mary Seacole.

She lived an exciting life, travelling to many different countries and helping soldiers in war.

Find out more about her, below.

Image of Mary Seacole.

Key facts

  • When Mary Seacole died in 1881, her story was forgotten. But today, Mary Seacole is very well known.
  • She was brave and very determined.
  • She went to a battlefield to help soldiers. She looked after them in her ‘hotel’. This wasn't like a hotel you would stay in on your holidays. It was just a hut made from metal.

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Did you know?

  • People wrote that Mary would go right onto the battlefield to help the soldiers. She had two mules. One carried medicines and the other food and wine.
  • The soldiers liked Mary so much that they called her ‘Mother Seacole’.
  • Mary loved to travel. When she was a teenager, she took two trips to England. That's a long journey - over 7000 km!
Young Mary Seacole standing next to the United Kingdom.

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