Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan-W-a-t-e-r'


79. Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan -- W-a-t-e-r

Tuscumbia, Colbert County


Anne Sullivan taught the concept of language to seven-year-old Helen Keller, blind and deaf since she was a toddler. The breakthrough in Helen's understanding came when Sullivan held Helen's hand under the water spilling from the Kellers' outdoor pump and used hand signs to spell the word "water" in her hand. Keller became one of the world's leading writers, a social activist, and a humanitarian who inspired others.