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Mary Seacole


John Simkin
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In 2004 Mary Seacole was voted the top black Briton of all time. However, as her biographer, Jane Robinson, has pointed out. Seacole would have loved the idea of being considered a Briton (she was born in Jamaica). However, she hated the idea of being classed as a black person. Her father was a white Scottish army officer (her mother was black). The most she would admit to was being “yellow”.

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