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Craigmillar Library Outreach Event: Mary Seacole: Forgotten Hero?

Date(s): 7 April 2014 - 7 April 2014

Time: 6.00pm, at Craigmillar Library

Cost: Free

Age Restrictions: None

Booking Link: http://maryseacole2014.eventbrite.co.uk

Exhibition talk with Ms Chris Short

The story of a very independent minded 19th century Jamaican woman who refused to be defeated by prejudice and adversity. An astute business woman, she supported herself by running a hotel on the Isthumus of Panama and providing free medical care for prospector travelling to and from the Californian gold fields. During an outbreak of cholera, it was her knowledge and nursing skill which saved many lives. At the outbreak of the Crimean War she journeyed to Britain to offer her services as a nurse. When she was refused government approval, she paid for her own passage to the Crimea where she again ran a hotel and provided medical care for the soldiers. Although not a reformer like Florence Nightingale, through her courage and kindness she won the admiration and respect of all who came into contact with her and was remembered with great affection to the end of her life.

Please note that this talk will take place at Craigmillar Library

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