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Sylvia Pankhurst: East London suffragette may get a statue in Bow

May 25, 2016

Above photograph: Roman Road Trust

Plans are in place to erect a statue in Bow of the radical feminist who founded the East London Federation of Suffragettes in 1913.

The Roman Road Trust, a community development organisation, wants the Pankhurst statue to be located on the junction of St Stephen’s Road and Roman Road.

It would form part of a wider public art trail focused on East End women such as Annie Besant, who played a prominent role in the Bow matchgirls strike of 1888.

“A lot of people don’t realise that Bow is the heartland of Sylvia Pankhurst,” said Tabitha Stapely, CEO of the Roman Road Trust.

“Due to the bombing in the war and various council initiatives to tidy up the area afterwards, there are no buildings or sites left of where Sylvia worked on Roman Road.”

“We want people to know the history, feel part of it and engage with it. So all these things have been leading up to the idea of celebrating her work with a statue.”

Read more on: East End Citizen