Put Mary Seacole on the new £50 note
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Mary Seacole was the daughter of a Scottish officer in the British Army and a Jamaican Free Black woman who was a healer. She applied to the War Office to set up a convalescent hotel for British soldiers during the Crimean War. When they turned her down she travelled independently meeting Florence Nightingale on her way to Balaclava. Mary described her hotel as a "mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers". Mary often went out to the troops at the British camp at Kadikoi, attending to casualties brought out from the trenches around Sevastopol or from the Tchernaya valley. She was widely known to the British Army as "Mother Seacole" and was popular among service personnel, who raised money for her when she faced destitution after the war. I believe Mary Seacole should be honoured by placing her on the new £50 note for her contribution during the Crimean War caring for battlefield casualties and providing a place for convalescence and recovery. Mary was proud of her Scottish and Jamaican heritage and represents the positive contribution made to Britain by Immigrants.
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