Brixton Calling: Mary Seacole, determination and compassion

Mary Seattle. ©National Portrait Gallery
Mary Seacole ©National Portrait Gallery

Determination and compassion are threads running through the life of Trevor Sterling, a top lawyer and chair of the Mary Seacole Trust, and that of Mary Seacole herself. Now Mary Seacole is to be the subject of a major film drama.

Delores William talks to Trevor about his work and the 14-year campaign that resulted in the unveiling, as recently as 2014, of the first-ever statue in Britain of a named Black woman.

They also discuss the role of Black women in society – including Trevor’s mother, who used to work night shifts in Brixton – and the Windrush scandal.

Trevor Sterling
Trevor Sterling
The Mary Seattle statue at St Thomas' hospital in London
The Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas’ hospital in London

 

 

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