To feature Mary Seacole who was voted the greatest Black Briton on the new £50 note.
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Mary Seacole (1805 – 1881) was a British-Jamaican nurse who learned about herbal medicine in the Caribbean. When the Crimean War broke out, she applied to the War Office to assist but was refused. Undeterred, she travelled independently and set up the "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described this as "a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers", and provided succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She became extremely popular among service personnel, who raised money for her when she faced destitution after the war.
She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991. In 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton. Wes Streeting MP told The Telegraph: “Mary Seacole’s achievements are too often overlooked in history and yet what she did for soldiers in the Crimean War was an act of great heroism which led to her being voted the greatest black Briton.”
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