New hall to commemorate CPC workers school

Yang Jian
The Putuo District government says the Memorial Hall of Huxi (West Shanghai) Half-day School for Workers will become a key cultural exhibition center and city landmark.
Yang Jian
New hall to commemorate CPC workers school
Ti Gong

Shao Yong, a Shanghai Normal University professor, shares his research into the Huxi Half-day School for Workers at a seminar in Putuo District.

A memorial hall is be built by April next year to commemorate the first workers’ school founded by the Communist Party of China in 1921 in Putuo District.

The Memorial Hall of Huxi (West Shanghai) Half-day School for Workers will become a key cultural exhibition center and city landmark, the district government said on Wednesday.

Putuo was the birthplace of China’s labor campaigns. The district was once home to a large swathe of China’s earliest modern factories and workers.

Early Party members founded the school to promote Marxism and CPC principles among local workers as well as to organize labor movements.

The memorial hall on the former site of the school on Anyuan Road will review the history of the place with cultural relics and introductions to key historic figures.

It will work along with the memorial hall of Gu Zhenghong (1905-1925), a martyr who died in a massacre against a local workers’ strike in 1925, to show Putuo’s important status in China’s revolutionary history, according to the district government.

The district hosted a seminar on Wednesday to invite scholars to share their latest research into the history of the workers’ school and guide exhibition arrangements for the memorial hall.

Shao Yong, a professor with Shanghai Normal University, said the school operated between 1920 and 1925 with various names such as workers’ club, continuation school and night school.

“The Huxi workers’ movements later developed into the overwhelming May 30 Movement in 1925 against foreign imperialists,” said Shao.

Li Qihan, founder of the school, chose the Xiaoshadu area, which was home to over a dozen of cotton mills run by Japanese businessmen and some 20,000 Chinese workers. He rented three workshops of a cotton mill and turned them into classrooms with derelict tables and oil lamps, according to Shao’s research.

The History Research Institute of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences donated a replica of “Labor Circle,” once a key Marxism publication for local workers to the Putuo government on Wednesday for the memorial hall.

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