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A photo of Li Dazhao at the Memorial Hall of the Awakening Society in Tianjin. Li helped set the stage for China’s revolution and May 4th Movement and was a founder of the Communist Party of China. [Provided to China Daily]
The Memorial Hall of the Awakening Society – an organization founded in 1919 in Tianjin to inspire local youth in difficult times — will stage a number of exhibitions this year to highlight the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China.
The organization is notable in China's history because one of its founders, Zhou Enlai became a founding member of the CPC in 1921 and served as premier and foreign minister after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
A diary written by Zhou Enlai, a founder of the Awakening Society in Tianjin and a founding member of the Communist Party of China in 1921. Zhou spent six months in prison after organizing society members to boycott Japanese goods. [Provided to China Daily]
Led by Zhou, the Awakening Society, with members aged 16 to 25, worked to arouse local youths' awareness and to advocate communism before the founding of the CPC in the city from 1919 to 1920.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the CPC the memorial hall will present two new exhibitions this year, said Ma Yuan, the curator.
The courtyard of the museum is located in an alley in the city's Hebei district.
The exhibition on the family traditions of Zhou and his wife, Deng Yingchao, who was also a founding member of the society, will open soon at the memorial hall.