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October 7, 2009 - The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
"New Statue Honors Helen Keller"

Kwame Holman, PBS NewsHour congressional correspondent, reports on the unveiling of the statue of Helen Keller at the U.S. Capitol. "The bronze cast depicts the world-famous activist for disability rights as a 7-year-old child, the time when deaf and blind Keller made the connection between her teacher's words and the water running from the pump at her family home in Tuscumbia, Alabama." Carl Augusto, President of the American Foundation for the Blind, said, "She embodied the American spirit of limitless possibility by becoming a famous American activist, a prolific writer, a prolific lecturer." Since this is the only statue of a child at the Capitol, Helen Keller's likeness will interest and inspire many children who visit the Capitol.