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Mary Seacole: after the War was over

Mary Seacole's life after the Crimean War ended

After the War ends Mary Seacole describes how she couldn't sell the British Hotel, so just had to pack up and leave.

Back in London she and Sally, her maid, are very poor and Mary simply can't afford to keep Sally on.

Sally is devastated by this and is also angry that everyone seems to have forgotten how much Mary had done during the War.

Then, fortuitously, they receive a surprise visit from William Howard Russell, the journalist who had written about Mary in the Crimea. When he hears about Mary's plight he determines to remind the British people of her work during the War.

Russell writes another story about Mary in his newspaper and asks his friends to raise money to help her. Finally there is a huge party to honour Mary and celebrate her work...with a message of congratulation from Queen Victoria.

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