Late judge's documents presented to city archives
Relatives of the late judge Zou Bihua, former deputy head of the Shanghai High People’s Court, donated a first batch of items related to the judge to the Shanghai Archives on Thursday.
Zou died of a heart attack in 2014, aged 47. He is said to have been committed to the rule of law and judicial reform, and was known as "a national role-model judge” and a "vanguard of China's reform."
The 45 documents, including graduation photographs and award certificates, will be stored at the archives and displayed at special exhibitions.
"The city archives can better protect the heritage of Zou and make them inspire more people," said the judge's wife, Tang Hailin.
Highlights include a notebook which Zou had been using up to his sudden death. His medical certificate was also presented to the archives. Tang said Zou seldom used it due to his tight work schedule.
"These personal documents have enriched the collection of the archives and will inspire citizens," said Shanghai Archives curator Xu Weiwan.
Items related to more pioneers of China's reforms will be sought out and added to the archives, Xu said. Themed exhibitions and education sessions will be held based on the documents.
The Shanghai Archives has been collecting personal documents of the people who have made major contributions to China's reform and opening-up in the past four decades.