Mary Barbour statue set for International Women’s Day unveiling

Mary Barbour

A statue of political activist Mary Barbour is to be unveiled in Govan next month to mark International Women’s Day.

Mary Barbour was a leading campaigner during rent strikes in 1915 that led to a change in government legislation, prohibiting unscrupulous landlords from raising rents and evicting residents who couldn’t afford to pay.

The activists led months of protests which culminated in a large demonstration outside Glasgow Sheriff Court and the city chambers.

Within a month munitions minister Lloyd George changed the law to reduce rents to pre-war levels across the UK.

The Remember Mary Barbour Association (RMBA) led the fundraising efforts with Parkhead Housing AssociationLinthouse Housing AssociationElderpark Housing Association and ng homes among the organisations to have assisted the campaign.

The winning design from Andrew Brown (far left) was one of five shortlisted entries for the statue

Sculptor Andrew Brown’s winning design for the memorial shows Mary Barbour marching with members of the community behind her.

A previous unveiling of the memorial was postponed in November due to technical matters related to placing the statue.

The statue will now be unveiled close to Govan Subway Station on Govan Road on March 8.