Wesleyan College Welcomes the China Soong Ching-ling Foundation

Staff Report

Friday, June 24th, 2022

Wesleyan College and the China Soong Ching-ling Foundation are proud to co-host the exhibit “Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Madam Soong Ching-ling, and the United States,” which covers almost 100 years of world history, from the late 1800s to the late 1900s, and honors of the 40th anniversary of the Foundation. The exhibit is on the third floor of Willet Library on Wesleyan’s campus: 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA. The exhibit opening and reception will be held on Monday, June 27, 3:00-5:00PM. This event is free and open to the public.

Soong Ching-ling, Wesleyan Class of 1913, was one of three sisters who were the first Chinese women to be educated in the United States - Soong E-ling (Madame H. H. Kung), Class of 1909; Soong Ching-ling (Madame Sun Yat-sen), Class of 1913; and Soong May-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) who came to Wesleyan with her older sisters in 1908 and later completed her degree at Wellesley College. Throughout the twentieth century the Soong sisters played influential roles in the politics, economy, and history of modern China. Ching-ling was married to Sun Yat-sen, then president of the Republic of China. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, she held several prominent positions in the new government. After his death, she carried on her late husband's work. Today, Soong Ching-ling is still revered as "the mother of China."

Wesleyan College has hosted scores of visitors wishing to see the Soong memorabilia in the Willet Library's China Room. Wesleyan has provided background information, documents, and photos for several film and television documentaries, biographies, and other projects. In 1995, Wesleyan hosted a traveling exhibition of artifacts pertaining to the life of Soong Ching-ling, who died in 1981. The sisters have directly or indirectly been responsible for the establishment of several scholarship funds at Wesleyan. 

The current exhibition is on display through the end of August. Visitors are welcome Monday-Thursday 9:00AM - 4:00PM, closed July 4 and 28. Groups of more than four people must call in advance 478-757-5200.