Helen Keller statue in the Capitol

helen-kellerA bronze statue of Helen Keller was revealed st the U.S capitol on  Wednesday, October 7th, 2009. Lawmakers were acclaimed her as the motivator for the disabled. 

“Some are still dismissed and cast aside for nothing more than being less than perfect,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said at the unveiling ceremony. “The story of Helen Keller inspires us all.” The statue shows Helen Keller- who lost her eyesight and hearing due to a illness, when she was 19 months old. The statue shows Miss. Keller standing at a water pump when she was 7 years old. It duplicates the moment in 1887 when Helen Keller’s teacher, Ms. Anne Sullivan spelled “W-A-T-E-R” onto young Miss. Helen Keller’s hand as she held the other under the pump. It wast that moment that Helen relized that the deeper meaning to the alphabet Ms. Sullivan taught her to make with her hands.

“W-A-T-E-R,” said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. “Five simple letters that helped rescue 7-year-old Helen Keller from a world of darkness and a world of silence.

“It is this defining moment that we celebrate today. And in time, this moment so vividly depicted by this statue helped the world to understand that all of us, regardless of any disability, have a mind that can be educated, a hand that can be trained, a life that will have meaning.”

Keller learned how to speak and earned a degree from Radcliffe college and from the women’s branch of Harvard University.As and adult,  she traveled all around the globe, wrote 12 books and supported causes, included womens suffrage & workers rights’.

The foundation, Augusto said, still considers Keller “our guiding light. She embodies the American spirit of limitless possibility … her biggest desire was to leave the world a better place than she found it, and ladies and gentlemen, that’s the legacy she leaves all of us.”

More than 40 of Keller’s descendants attended the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Students from the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind sang a medley of patriotic songs.

This dedication was a remarkeable and admirable dedication in American history.

 

 

NEWS FROM : http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/07/HELEN.KELLER.STATUE/index.html

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