1. This beautiful headstone marks the grave of Mary Seacole, a pioneering British nurse of the 19th century. How old was Mary Seacole when she died?

  2. The headstone says Mary Seacole cared for the sick and wounded in the West Indies and the Crimea. Where are the West Indies? Where is the Crimea?

  3. Mary Seacole is buried in London, England. Based on the information on her headstone, she was very well-traveled. In her travels, what bodies of water did Mary have to navigate across or around?

  4. What do the dates (1854-1856) at the bottom of the headstone represent?

  5. A large palm tree is carved into Mary Seacole's headstone. Why?

Crimea
Noun

large peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea, and a republic of Ukraine.

Crimean War
Noun

(1853-1856) conflict between the Allies (France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire and the Kingdom of Sardinia) and Russia.

grave
Noun

specific place where a body is buried.

headstone
Noun

stone used to mark a grave. Also called a gravestone.

heritage
Noun

cultural or family background.

Noun

body of land surrounded by water.

Mary Seacole
Noun

(1805-1881) Jamaican nurse, traveler, and businesswoman.

Noun

piece of land jutting into a body of water.

travel
Noun

movement from one place to another.

West Indies
Plural Noun

archipelago between North and South America, separating the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the individual island groups of the Greater Antilles, the Lesser Antilles, and the Bahamas.