“Helen Fry in Conversation” Series of Five Lectures

Helen Fry talks with Helen Rappaport – In Search of Mary Seacole: The Making of a Black Cultural Icon and Humanitarian

From New York Times bestselling author Helen Rappaport comes a superb and revealing biography of Mary Seacole that is testament to her remarkable achievements and corrective to the myths that have grown around her.

Raised in Jamaica, Mary Seacole first came to England in the 1850s after working in Panama. She wanted to volunteer as a nurse and aide during the Crimean War. When her services were rejected, she financed her own expedition to Balaclava, where her reputation for her nursing–and for her compassion–became almost legendary. Popularly known as ‘Mother Seacole’, she was the most famous Black celebrity of her generation–an extraordinary achievement in Victorian Britain.

Series “Helen Fry in Conversation” with:

Robin Lustig – Is Anything Happening? My Life as a Newsman – Aug. 28, 2022
Susan Ronald – A Dangerous Woman – Sept. 11, 2022
Leah Garrett – X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II – Oct. 2, 2022
George Bearfield – Foursquare: The Last Parachutist – Oct. 16, 2022
Helen Rappaport – In Search of Mary Seacole: The Making of a Black Cultural Icon and Humanitarian – Oct. 23, 2022