Plans for first statue of a black woman to be installed in St George’s Hall

To mark International Women’s Day, St George’s Hall Charitable Trust has announced its intention to install a statue of Mary Seacole in the Great Hall.

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881) was voted the greatest black Briton in 2004 and the Trust believes that her outstanding achievements, as an influential black woman, a nurse, businesswoman and healer, deserve an enduring testament to our respect and recognition.

The trustees believe this statue will not only pay tribute to the heroine, but it will also act as a ‘thank you’ to the NHS for the extraordinary sacrifices they have made in keeping everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An application process for artists is now open to register interest in creating a marble portrait statue that will take pride of place in the stunning Great Hall.

The Mary Seacole statue will be the second female represented in St George’s Hall. The first, of pioneering health campaigner Kitty Wilkinson, was installed in 2012.

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