SATURDAY 7th MAY 2011, 11AM:


It is the 30th year of the celebration service that commenced in 1971. This year there will be a change in the order of events. It will start at 11am at Mary Seacole’s grave at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Harrow Road, London NW10 5NU [directions further down] with a prayer and a hymn. Then there will be a procession to St Marks Church, on the corner of All Souls Avenue and Bathurst Gardens, London NW10 for a full service followed by refreshments, for which there will be a charge of £8 payable at the door. To allow for catering numbers please book your place in advance by contacting Charmaine Case, secretary of the Mary Seacole Memorial Association [MSMA], either by e-mail: or by telephone: 0208 251 7820, evenings only please.

Please note that this association, which organises the annual wreath-laying ceremony, is a separate organisation from the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. Both work very closely together.

How to find the grave of Mary Seacole: Mary is buried in St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 679-681 Harrow Road, Kensal Green, London NW10 5NY. Nearest Tube Station is Kensal Green. Tel: 020 8969 1145. Office open 9-4.30pm – they have a fact sheet on Mary and are happy to direct to the grave. Mary Seacole’s grave number is 6830. To find her grave once at the main Cemetery, turn right into the Catholic Cemetery, carry on until you reach the chapel (on the right), turn left at the chapel and follow the path to the first crossroad, then turn right and walk a small way (look for graves numbered around 6829) and Mary’s grave is over to the right – it stands out from many of the others as it has a renovated headstone.

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