mary seacole..another sheroe..(this should be in honoring our ancestors..whereisit?

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    11 January, 2005, 05:04 GMT
    > BBC
    >
    > The only known portrait of nurse Mary Seacole, last
    > year voted the greatest
    > Black Briton in history, has been found more than
    > 100 years after her
    > death. An extraordinary Jamaican woman, Mary Seacole
    > traveled extensively
    > in Central and South America, where she learned to
    > treat yellow fever and
    > cholera. During the Crimean War, she followed the
    > troops as a sutler, one
    > of the many people offering hospitality services and
    > running inns, bars,
    > and restaurants. In the Ukraine, in addition to
    > running a hotel, she
    > supplied medical services to British troops on the
    > front line, remaining
    > even longer than her fellow nurse Florence
    > Nightingale.
    >
    > The oil painting of Seacole, the daughter of a
    > Scottish soldier and
    > Jamaican mother, lay unseen for years. The 9.5ins by
    > 7ins painting will now
    > go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in
    > London. The artwork was
    > painted by London artist Albert Challen and dates
    > from around 1869 showing
    > an older Seacole wearing a red neckerchief and the
    > three medals which she
    > was awarded for service. There are no other known
    > painted portraits of
    > Seacole, who died in 1881 in her London home.
    > Seacole was voted Greatest
    > Black Briton in an online poll last year, while 2005
    > marks the bicentenary
    > of her birth.
    >
    > The first step in its discovery began when a dealer,
    > curious about the
    > inscription AC Challen 1869 on the work, unsealed
    > the frame. Apparently
    > unaware of what he had found, the dealer sold the
    > portrait at a local
    > auction in Warwickshire. After being approached
    > about the nature of the
    > medals on the figure by another dealer, historian
    > Helen Rappaport
    > immediately recognised the identity of the sitter,
    > bought the portrait and
    > took it to the National Portrait Gallery for
    > examination.
    >
    > Ms Rappaport, the portrait's owner, said: "As an
    > admirer of Mary Seacole's
    > courage and humanitarianism, I am extremely happy
    > that she can at last take
    > her rightful place in British history as an
    > important female personality of
    > the Crimean War."
    >
    > Experts at the gallery believe the details of
    > Seacole's dress and the
    > portrait's pigments show the painting is genuine.
    > Sandy Nairne, director of
    > the National Portrait Gallery, said: "This is a
    > wonderful discovery.
    > "A painted portrait allows us to appreciate the
    > important 19th-century
    > figure of Mary Seacole in new ways."
    >
    > Seacole remained in the Crimea until 1856 with a
    > reputation that rivalled
    > that of Florence Nightingale.
    > When she returned to England destitute, commanders
    > in the Crimea raised
    > money for the nurse, who was awarded the British
    > Crimean medal, the Turkish
    > Medjidie and the French Legion of Honour.
    >
    > After the war, Seacole published her autobiography,
    > The Wonderful
    > Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, which
    > became a huge popular and
    > commercial success.
    >
    >
    > RELATED BBC LINKS:
    > BBC - Mary Seacole
    >
    >
     
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