SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, February 21, 2019 — The independence of Korea from Japanese occupation was achieved by not only the sacrifice of Korean independence fighters, but also the dedication of foreigners. Marking the 100th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement this year, a special exhibition will be held to highlight non-Korean independence activists who had contributed to Korea’s independence and development and let the world know Japanese brutality against Korean people.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that it will hold a special exhibition titled “Korea’s Independence Movement and Canadians” at the City Gallery of the Citizens’ Hall from February 23 to March 31. Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon, Mr. Dean Kevin Schofield, a grandson of Dr. Schofield, Mr. Michael Danagher, the Ambassador of Canada to Korea and other special guests will attend the opening ceremony that is scheduled to take place at 5pm on March 26. This exhibition is designed to remember the dedication of five Canadians who had been committed to upholding the spirit of independence of Koreans and developing Korea based on humanitarianism, for instance by providing medical services and setting up schools.
The five Canadians include Frank W. Schofield (1889-1970), who had been called the “34th representative of Korean people”; Frederick A. Mckenzie who organized the Korean Friendship Society in the United Kingdom and sponsored the independence movement; Robert G. Grierson (1868-1965) who set up hospitals, schools and churches to carry out patriot enlightenment movement; Stanley H. Martin (1890 ~ 1941) who gave medical treatment to wounded independence activists and held funeral services for victims in China, and also disclosed the damage situation of Korean people to the world during the Gyeongsin (or Gando) Massacre (1920), a mass murder committed by Japanese militaries; and Archibald H. Barker (? ~ 1927) who founded Myeongshin Girls’ School and devoted himself to the education of women, Korean and national history.
The exhibition will display 50 works of photographs, illustrations, writings, and video clips of these five activists, including photos taken by Mr. Schofield. Visitors can also see photos of the Gyeongsin Massacre taken by Mr. Martin and Mr. Barker; 5 illustrations that depict Yongjeong Manchu Movement; 11 photos and illustrations of Mr. McKenzie who reported Korean civilian army activities; 7 photos of Mr. Grierson and the church and school he set up; and the eight-page cartoon that describes his activities at the time.