Visiting the Whittington hospital the other day, I spotted for the first time a simple and efffective statue by the main entrance on Magdala Avenue.
It was inaugurated a year ago and celebrate the contribution to the NHS of midwives and nurses from Africa, the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries.
There was quite a crush of local celebrities to unveil the statue - the photo below is from the Islington council site, but in a triumph of municipal efficiency, those featured aren't named. But you will recognise one of them at least (he's the local MP).
Jak Beula of the Nubian Jak Trust, who designed the statue, is the guy in the maroon-coloured suit.
According to the Guardian, at the time this statue was installed there were only two statues in London representing black women. Where? Well, there's a statue of Mary Seacole, the Jamaican nurse who cared for soldiers during the Crimean war, at St Thomas’ hospital, and “Bronze Woman” in Stockwell inspired by a poem by Cécile Nobrega.
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