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Helen Keller Birthplace & Home
Tuscumbia, Alabama


Helen Keller, was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her birthplace known as Ivy Green, is open daily for tours.

Helen was born healthy on June 27, 1880. When she was 19 months old she was stricken with a severe illness that left her both blind and deaf. Her parents sought the advice of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell who introduced them to Anne Sullivan on March 3, 1887.

After her miraculous breakthrough at the well-pump where she learned the word "water" she soon knew the entire alphabet and learned over 600 words in six months. By age 10 she had mastered Braille and learned to use a typewriter. By 16, Helen could speak well enough to attend school. In 1904 she graduated "cum laude" from Radcliffe College.

Her teacher, Anne Sullivan, stayed by her side as Helen dedicated her life to improving the conditions of blind and deaf-blind people around the world.

William Gibson's famous play, "The Miracle Worker" is performed on the grounds of Ivy Green each summer from late June through Late July. Each year the Helen Keller Festival is held in Tuscumbia to commemorate her lifetime of achievements. The celebration includes a parade, stage entertainment, arts and crafts, an art auction, tour of historic sites, puppet shows, a variety of sports tournaments and more. For more information please call Helen Keller's Birthplace & Home at 888.329.2124 or visit helenkellerbirthplace.org/.

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