Mary Seacole was a Jamaican nurse who risked her own life to treat the wounded in the Crimean War. As Mary was black, Florence Nightingale turned her away several times, so she set up her own 'British Hotel' and worked round the clock to nurse the soldiers. Often she would go out into the field to treat them too. A remarkable woman who is, at last, getting some recognition for her hard and dangerous work.
How Mary Seacole was made a saint and Florence Nightingake was smeared
CARIBBEAN WOMEN VOLUNTEERS in WWII BRITAIN - A few of the 600 West Indian women who were recruited for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, arriving in Britain in 1943. The enlistment of these volunteers went forward despite official misgivings and outright obstruction. . Another 80 Caribbean women joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. Link goes to article with more photos!
Jamaican "reggae " singer-songwriter and musician Bob Marley, son of gospel singer Cedella Booker and Captain Norval Marley, married singer Rita Anderson, February 10, 1966. They had 4 children with Rita (including 2 from Rita's previous relationships) and he had 7-8 children from other women during his marriage. He died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36.
Jamaican musicians Bob & Rita Marley and family. -Jamaican families are tightly woven together like a knit. If you are unkind to one member of the family, the rest of the family empathizes. Even though a child may embark on a new life as a wife or husband, the families still preside over their interests and well-being.