Seacole, Mary: Helper during the Crimean war

Mary Seacole 1805-1881 Seacole was born Mary Grant in 1805, in Jamaica. She is of Scottish and Creole descent (mixed-race). Growing up, Seacole learned of herbal medicine in the Caribbean. She visited Britain at age 15, and since then she occasionally visited the Island, going backwards and forward between Britain and the Caribbean. She married…

Prince, Mary: Author and Slavery Survivor

Mary Prince   Born around the year 1788 into slavery in Bermuda In December 1826, Prince married Daniel James, a former slave who had bought his freedom by saving money from his work. In 1828, Prince had gone to London with her master and his family from Antigua. Anti-slavery laws were in place in Britain, making Prince a…

Oldfield, Bruce: Fashion Designer

[Above: Bruce Oldfield; Bottom Left: Couture Gown; Bottom Right: Lace Bridal Wedding Gown] Oldfield is a British fashion who is known for his couture occasion wear and bridal wear designs. He has dressed British and European aristocracies and Hollywood actress. He has designed for Princess Diana, Diana Ross and Rhianna. Additionally he also redesigned McDonald’s Staff uniform…

Nzipo: Abandoned children finding shelter

In the 1800’s illegitimate children were likely to be abandoned. There were cases were the single parent would bring up their children, however this is an era where an increase in children charities occurred, and organisations such as the Foundling hospital and Barnardo’s were found, in order to ease this social issue. With such an…

Molineaux: A slave turned Boxer

Molineaux was a bare-knuckle boxer who was a success in both England and Ireland. He was born in 1774 in Virginia, U.S, as a slave. His father trained him to be a boxer. He entertained plantation owners by boxing. After earning his owner a large sum of money through a bet he was granted his…