Hellen Keller Statue in the US Capitol

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    A statue of Hellen Keller, an activist, an author, and one of the most famous blind-deaf persons in the world, is standing in the US Capitol Visitor Center Emancipation Hall, as a gift from the state of Alabama to the National Statuary Hall Collection.
    The bronze statue is depicting one of Keller’s life-changing moments when she learned to connect between words and concepts. It happened when she was 7 years old while standing by a water pump, the water was pouring on her hand, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, wrote the letters W-A-T-E-R on her hand, and Keller understood the connection.
    It is the only statue in the US capitol of a person with a disability and of a child. Created by the artist Edward Hlavka and was dedicated on October 7th, 2009. Keller’s quote written on the base of the statue, both in English and braille letters – “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”

    Helen Keller

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    Address: First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
    Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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