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October 7, 2009 - Press Release
HKI Joins Celebration to Unveil New Helen Keller Statue at U.S. Capitol

Washington, DC – Helen Keller International’s (HKI) President, Kathy Spahn, along with Board Trustees Jennifer A. Buda, Mary L. Burton, and Robert M. Thomas, Jr. and staff travelled to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for the unveiling of a new statue of Helen Keller in the Rotunda.  Members of Congress  provided remarks during the ceremony, as did Alabama Governor Bob Riley, and Carl Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind.

The statue depicts Keller -- who lost her sight and hearing to illness when she was 19 months old -- standing at a water pump as a 7-year-old, a look of recognition on her face as water streams into her hand.  The young girl realized the motions her teacher, Annie Sullivan, were making in her hand were words that could signify objects, thoughts and feelings. At that moment, her dark and silent world opened up, and her unending thirst for knowledge began.

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