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!
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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