The final design for a statue of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican-born nurse famed for her work during the Crimean War, has been chosen.
The Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal was set up to create a permanent reminder of the 19th Century nurse who became known as ‘Mother Seacole’ because of her visits to the battlefield to nurse wounded soldiers.
The statute, designed by Martin Jennings, will stand in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital in central London opposite the Houses of Parliament.
Ms Seacole, who rivalled Florence Nightingale for her feats in the Crimean War, was the daughter of a Scottish soldier and Jamaican mother.
Laura Serrant-Green, professor of community and public health nursing at the University of Lincoln and a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, said that the statue would both recognise Ms Seacole’s work and helped to remind the public of the importance of a diverse workforce in nursing.
‘The statute will help to fix in the minds of the public the contribution of black and minority ethnic nurses to nursing practice in general…it also a recognition of the diverse profession we are planning for the future and the contribution these nurses can make,’ said Ms Serrant-Green.
Dependent on the raising of sufficient funds, the stature is due to be unveiled in 2010 or 2011.