Google Celebrates Jamaican Mary Seacole with Doodle

Internet search site Google honored Jamaican Mary Seacole with a commemorative doodle on October 14. 2016. Mary Seacole was a nurse known as “Mother Seacole” to the British Army. She learned herbal medicine from her mother, who knew the traditional remedies used in the Caribbean and Africa. In spite of the challenges Seacole faced as a mixed-race woman in the 1850s, she experimented with medicinal cures under the supervision of her mother at one of the best facilities in Kingston. She then moved to Gorgone where she operated a woman-only hotel before making the journey that would secure her place in history. Mary Seacole applied to help at the start of the Crimean War, but her application was denied in spite of her experience in nursing. She then used her own financial resources to travel to the Crimea and establish a hotel behind the front battle lines there. She cared for the wounded soldiers coming off the battle field, as well as other individuals who needed her help. According to Mary, “The grateful words and smiles which rewarded me for binding up a wound or giving a cooling drink was a pleasure worth risking life for at any time.” The Google doodle honored her legacy as a healer and humanitarian and as an inspiration that continues today.