Alabama Stories

Helen Keller

Original Air Date: 4/11/2010

ALABAMA STORIES revisits the history of one of Alabama's most famous residents - Helen Keller - who was recently honored with a bronze statue in the National Statuary Hall collection in U.S. Capitol visitor center. The statue depicts Keller as a seven-year-old child standing at a water pump and represents the seminal moment in Keller's life when she understood her first word: W-A-T-E-R, as signed into her hand by teacher Anne Sullivan. The pedestal base bears a quotation in raised letters and Braille characters: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller, a woman who championed for the disabled throughout her life, will continue to inspire a national audience in Washington DC.

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