A new guide to the memorial window of Mary Slessor at The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum has been published by Leisure & Culture Dundee to mark the centenary of her death this year.
The book, written by James Carter, illustrates how the window depicts the various roles Mary undertook in her lifetime - from working at Baxter’s mill through to her pioneering missionary work with the Okoyong people in Calabar, Nigeria.
Mary was the Dundee mill girl who became a missionary and later becoming the first female magistrate in the British Empire. She fought against tribal superstitions, set up schools and trading schemes, and gained so much respect from the tribes she lived with that she became known to them as the “Mother of all Peoples”.
One section of the window shows how Mary challenged superstitions about twins. The practice of killing twins had been banned by law, but the law was widely ignored. Mary fought passionately to end the custom, taking many children into the care of the mission and adopting several of her own.
Bob Duncan, chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
“Mary Slessor is still held in great esteem a century after her death. This guide is a fitting tribute to the beautiful window and the pioneering work she undertook. Visitors to The McManus will now be more aware of Mary’s story, which is something we warmly welcome.”
The guide is priced at £4.50 and available to buy from The McManus Gift Shop.