For Immediate Release: January 18, 2016
(London) The Nightingale Society has sent a second letter to the Prime Minister, urging him to make the grant of £240,000 for the Mary Seacole statue contingent on a site other than St. Thomas’ Hospital, home of the first nurses’ training school in the world, founded by Florence Nightingale.
Placing the statue at St. Thomas’ labelling Seacole a “Pioneer Nurse” would be wrong. Seacole was not a nurse but proprietress of a bar and restaurant for officers.
The two new suggested sites are Windrush Square, Brixton, and the Mary Seacole House, Clapham High St. (The first letter proposed Forum Magnum Square.)
A Seacole statue at St. Thomas’ could become the site of “History Hoax Awards,” the Nightingale Society cautioned.
The Nightingale Society’s letter to Cameron can be read here.