With the aid of her teacher and constant companion, Anne Sullivan (Macy), the blind and deaf Keller learned to communicate with the world outside of Ivy Green. Through the use of a finger language created by Samuel Gridley Howe of the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, various self-developed techniques and much patience and dedication, Sullivan taught Keller to read, write, and speak at Ivy Green. In addition, the setting of Ivy Green and its inhabitants provided Keller with her sole memories of sight and sound.
Although Keller and Sullivan eventually left the homestead and resided in various locations throughout their lives together, they continued to return to Ivy Green. Thus, Ivy Green was not only the place of the "miracle" but was also their home base over the years.
Perhaps most famous for advocating for people with disabilities, Helen Keller also campaigned around the world for women’s suffrage and other women’s rights, labor rights, and for peace.
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- reference number 70000101
- colbert county
- status listed 3/31/1992
- area of significance communication
- area of significance education
- area of significance social history
- national historic landmark
- disability history
- disability history educational reform
- helen keller
- national register of historic places
- samuel gridley howe
- american heroes
- women's history
- 19th amendment
- nineteenth amendment