An Upper Providence house occupied by the champion of the Korean independence movement, has been renovated and opened to the public, writes Susan L. Serbin for wfmz.com.
Dr. Philip Jaisohn bought the home on Lincoln Street in 1925.
He was a Korean-American political activist and physician recognized as the founder of South Korean independence.
The Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation has turned his home into the Philip Jaisohn Memorial House, with documents, memorabilia and exhibits about his life and commitment to Democracy.
He is the first Korean to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen, the first Korean American to earn a U.S. medical degree, founder of the first Korean language newspaper in Korea, organizer of the “First Korean Congress” in 1919 in Philadelphia and one of the founders of the League of Friends of Korea in 23 cities.
Dr. Jaisohn kept a Chester medical office, and later specialized in pathology.
“This is a truly historic place where Dr. Jaisohn lived from 1925 to his death in 1951,” said George Choe, president and CEO of the Foundation.
Individual and group visitors can call for an appointment to tour the home. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Read more about the Jaisohn Memoiral House at wfmz.com.
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