Location: Govan, Glasgow
Artist: Andrew Brown
Mary Barbour (1875-1958) was a Scottish political activist, local councillor, bailie and magistrate. She led the strikes in the city in 1915 after property owners raised rent for workers, thousands of whom had flocked to Glasgow to work in munitions factories and shipyards. The protests forced a change in the law with the introduction of the Rent Restrictions Act.
A sculpture of Mary by Andrew Brown was unveiled in Govan on 8 March 2018 to mark International Women’s Day. The sculpture shows her leading rent strikers, capturing the remarkable events of November 1915. Andrew Brown wanted to help keep her story and achievements alive, the statue is an inspiration to future generations to take action against housing injustice in their communities.