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The following are just some examples of how Mary Seacole is now recognised
29th November 2007: At last!! Mary Seacole Blue Plaque is unveiled at 14 Soho Square, London W1 in front of a huge crowd of supporters. The ceremony was jointly organised by English Heritage and the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal
Left in picture: The Right Hon. Margaret Hodge MP, Minister for Culture who made a speech at the unveiling.
Right in picture: Professor Elizabeth Anionwu, CBE FRCN, Vice-Chairperson of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal who unveiled the Blue Plaque to Mary Seacole.
They are looking out of the window of 14 Soho Square that overlooks the Blue Plaque. Mary Seacole resided here in 1857, the same year that she wrote her autobiography. Tottenham Court Station is the nearest tube station. Use the Oxford Street exit and then take the first left into Soho Street to Soho Square.
Pupils from Wyvil Primary School, Vauxhall in Lambeth join dignitaries at the unveiling. They had recently done a project about Mary Seacole in collaboration with Black Cultural Archives.
Unveiling of a Westminster Council Green Plaque commemorating the life of Mary Seacole: 11th October 2005
A Westminster Council Green Plaque, sponsored by the Portman Estate, was unveiled at 147 George Street, W1 by the Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Tim Joiner in the presence of many dignitaries and well wishers. A reception was sponsored by Nubian Jak
Picture courtesy of Media Office, Westminster Council.
Click here to view and listen to the poem to Mary Seacole recorded in February 2006 by David Neita for BBC London Video Nation. It is recorded in George Street, London at the site of the Westminster Council Green Plaque that commemorates an address where Mary lived.
April 2007: Mary Seacole now has her own MySpace site! So those of you out there with your own sites, how about becoming a friend of Mary Seacole and spreading the word about her and the Memorial Appeal? Just visit: www.myspace.com/maryseacole
Places in the UK named after Mary Seacole (for examples of some in Jamaica click here for link to the 200 year Timeline page. Also click here and then here to see pages concerning the 2005 commemorative stamps issued in Jamaica).
December 2006: two buildings named after Mary Seacole, one at Enfield NHS PCT and the other at Greenwich University
26th July 2006: Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford opened by British Paralympic champion, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. For an image of the building click here
19th May 2006: Queen opens new Mary Seacole Health Building at Brunel University today. Many thanks to Mike, a student at the university, who emailed me prior to the event today in order to let me know about this occasion.
12th May 2006 - Reverend Austin Fitzpatrick from Southampton sent me this interesting email today: "This morning I noticed that a new street close to Southampton General Hospital has been name Seacole Gardens. My wife, who works at the hospital did not connect with this name so how many more in Southampton did not either? I am going to write to the local paper praising the City Council for their wisdom."
16th October 2005 - University of Central England (UCE) open a Mary Seacole nursing library. Formally opened 27th June 2006.
7th October 2005 - naming ceremony of Mary Seacole House in Hammersmith, a Hanover Housing Association Extra Care estate
Mary Seacole Research Centre De Montfort University Leicester 1996
Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice Thames Valley University, London, 1998
Mary Seacole School of Health Building University of Wolverhampton 2004
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
(LSHTM) named the boardroom at 8 Bedford Square, London
after Mary Seacole on the 17th May 2005.
In Liverpool there is a Mary Seacole House, a mental health drop-in centre primarily for people who encounter racism and discrimination in day to day living and a Seacole Close in Liverpool 8. There is also one in Ealing, west London. On the 25th January 2005 I was informed by Mr Nigel Ward that there is a Mary Seacole Road in the Plymouth 1 district. I am very grateful for the following background information he gave me: 'the road is relatively new and is within what used to be The Royal Naval Hospital. The old hospital buildings still stand as they are listed but the area has been redeveloped for housing and commercial properties'. 2 days later I was very pleased to receive an email from Dr Lyssa Randolph in Bristol who informed me that there is a 'Mary Seacole Court' in James Street, St Werburgh's, Bristol.
Lambeth Hospital (which is part of South
London and Maudsley NHS Trust) has named a ward after
Mary Seacole in Bridge House, a new unit at the
"Jamaican-born Mary Seacole may have
been forgotten by many history books, but not by 1,200
students in St Albans. When we introduced a system of
houses last September, we chose as their names seven
women who had made a special contribution to British
life. One was Mary Seacole. We all, and the girls in
Seacole House in particular, are proud to have marked
her memory in our own small way."