Greg Jenner is joined by Prof Gretchen Gerzina and comedian Nathan Caton to delve into the extraordinary life and adventures of the 19th-century celebrity, Mary Seacole. Mary was born and raised in Jamaica and rose to fame as a businesswoman and a volunteer nurse during the Crimean War. The episode explores her childhood of practising healing techniques on her pets, the perils of Panama, her experience of cholera, how she dealt with racists, the risks of running a business in a warzone and why she loved being famous.
Research: Hannah McKenzie
Script: Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
Project management: Siefe Miyo
Edit producer: Cornelius Mendez
Published on Friday, 5th November 2021.
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