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Limited edition stamp of Mary Seacole unveiled in Brixton

'HONOURED': Lambeth mayor Donatus Anyanwu unveils the Mary Seacole stamp plaque

A PLAQUE depicting a limited edition stamp featuring the woman voted one of the greatest Black Britons has been unveiled in Brixton.

The tribute to historical figure Mary Seacole, a Jamaican-born nurse who cared for British soldiers during the Crimean War, is part of a 50-piece collection created to mark the Royal Mail’s 50th anniversary.

Her stamp was originally issued in 2006 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of National Portrait Gallery.

It shows the only known painted portrait of the pioneer and author who wrote an autobiography describing her adventures as a self-taught nurse and the racism she faced as a woman of colour.

Olympian champions Jessica Ennis and Nicola Adams will be similarly honoured, as will Scottish tennis player Andy Murray whose stamp shows his hard-fought Wimbledon victory.

The stamps – which were personally approved by the Queen – will appear as plaques on dedicated postboxes in areas of significance.

Seacole’s plaque was unveiled today (June 11) in Brixton, south London, by Lambeth mayor Donatus Anyanwu.

He said: “I am delighted that Royal Mail has chosen this unique way to recognise the incredible work of Mary Seacole, through a stamp plaque on a postbox in the area where her relatives lived. She was a pioneer in her field and this gives the community an opportunity to share in the tribute.”

It can be found outside 10 Acre Lane, as relatives of Mary Seacole once lived in the area.

The Royal Mail hopes the plaques will attract attention and from locals and tourists alike.

Steve Selby, Royal Mail Delivery Director, added: “We are proud that one of our postboxes in Brixton will feature the image of Mary Seacole, taken from the original that can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery in London.

“We hope that all our customers, visitors and local residents enjoy this special stamp plaque and might even take a photo as a memento.”

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