Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dr. Philip Jaisohn, 1864-1951
First Korean American
Dr. Philip Jaisohn was a pioneer of independence, democracy and public awakening for the Korean people. After the failed 1884 reformation movement, he was exiled to the United States, where he became the first Korean-born to become an American citizen. A graduate of Columbian Medical College, he practiced medicine in Washington, DC, later serving the U.S. government as a wartime physician. Both in Korea and in the United States, Dr. Jaisohn made relentless efforts for the independence of Korea. In 1895, he briefly went back to his native soil, where he founded the first Korean language newspaper. In 1919, he organized the Korean Independence campaign in Philadelphia. Dr. Jaisohn will be forever remembered as a leader of Korean community and a leading spirit of Korea’s democracy and modernization.
[Inscriptions on adjacent statue:]
1864 - 1951
The First Korean American
Pioneer for the Korean Independence and Democracy
Philip Jaisohn loved his native land, Korea
Shook it from its slumbers
Roused the young and thundered at the old.
In exile, he embraced his adopted country
Served it with true devotion
Healed the sick and advanced science.
But he never forgot his native soil
Spared no effort for her freedom to the end of his life.
Erected by Embassy of Korea.
Location. 38° 54.727′ N, 77° 3.071′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, west of 23rd Street NW, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker and statue are in front of the Korean Embassy on Embassy Row at the west side of Sheridan Circle. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2320 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philip H. Sheridan (within shouting distance of this marker); Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881-1938) (within shouting distance of this marker); Assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni K. Moffitt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gilded Age (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleftherios Venizelos (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes (about 500 feet away); Liberation of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg (about 700 feet away); The Arts in Sheridan-Kalorama (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
Also see . . . Philip Jaisohn (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). (Submitted on August 25, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Seo Jae-pil; Sheridan Circle; Embassy Row.
Categories. • Asian Americans • Heroes • Notable Persons • Politics •
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