Mary Seacole Tea Towel

Mary Seacole Tea Towel

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Mary Seacole Tea Towel

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant) (1805-1881) established what she called the "British Hotel" where she cared for wounded servicemen. Seacole was from Jamaica, then part of the British Empire, and of mixed African and British parentage. She was refused permission by the War Office to help those wounded on the battlefield, so made her way to Crimea independently and operated separately from the nursing contingent. When she faced destitution after the war, servicemen raised money for her.

Her autobiography, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands, is one of the earliest autobiographies by a mixed-race woman. She was largely forgotten after her death until she was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991 and in 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton. A statue of her was unveiled outside St Thomas's Hospital in London in 2016.

We will make a £1 donation to the Mary Secole Trust for every one sold! 

Description

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48cm x 70cm.

Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.

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The Radical Tea Towel company was a great find. They are a company on a mission to promote and celebrate radical and inclusive values and we are all here for it!

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The Radical Tea Towel Company

Bea, Tim, and Luke, the founders of The Radical Tea Towel, were inspired by Bea's mother, Pat, who was a radical. Pat was a socialist, a feminist, and a peace campaigner, known for her unwavering loyalty as a mother and grandmother. She lived her values, speaking her mind with politeness and engaging with people from all walks of life. When Pat passed away in 2010, Bea wanted to find a meaningful gift for her partner, David, who shared her mother's politics. Unable to find a political tea towel online, Bea, Tim, and Luke decided to start their own company.

Despite their lack of business experience, they believed that there were others who wanted to give gifts that carried a message, made people think, and offered hope. They designed their own tea towels and had them manufactured in the UK with ethical partners. The response was overwhelming, with customers sharing their designs and blogs on social media, spreading the message of radical history. As they continue to grow their small business, they are proud to educate others about the origins of rights and freedoms.

Though Pat and David would likely tease them for participating in 21st-century social media capitalism, Bea and her family hope they would also be proud of their efforts. With gratitude for the support they've received, they continue to promote their vision of a more progressive and enlightened world through The Radical Tea Towel.

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