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Mary Seacole statue to be unveiled

The RCN has supported the twelve year appeal for funding for the monument

29 Jun 2016

On Thursday 30 June, a new statue honouring Mary Seacole will be unveiled in the garden of St Thomas’ Hospital, London, directly opposite the Houses of Parliament

The Royal College of Nursing has supported the twelve year appeal for funding for the monument. 

RCN President Cecilia Anim, England Director Tom Sandford, and London Regional Director Bernell Bussue, have all been involved in supporting the appeal. 

The statue, created by sculptor Martin Jennings, will honour the Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War. It will be the first statue in the UK dedicated to a named black woman. 

RCN London Regional Director Bernell Bussue said: 

“The Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas’ Hospital is a fitting tribute to an important figure in nursing. The statue has been supported by RCN members from across the country and we are pleased to have been able to play our part in delivering this new London landmark. Mary Seacole is a symbol of nursing diversity throughout history and an inspirational figure for nurses from all backgrounds today. This monument overlooking the Thames means her memory will live on for generations to come.”

Update 1 July

A selection of photos of RCN members at the statue unveiling is available now on the RCN London Facebook page.

Much more information about the history behind the project is available on the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal website:

For more information about the work of RCN London please visit

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