Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Inspirational champion of civil liberties for the disabled (Inducted 2006)
Helen Keller dedicated the majority of her life to advocacy, especially on behalf of the disabled, the deaf and the blind communities. An illness as an infant left her unable to see, hear, or speak. Her family contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind and they dispatched Anne Sullivan who became Keller's teacher and lifelong friend. Keller published her autobiography, The Story of My Life, in 1903. She graduated from Radcliffe College the following year. In 1908, she wrote The World I Live In, a collection of revealing essays. She lectured and wrote in favor of many humanitarian causes. In 1964, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson. She was the first woman to receive an honorary Doctorate from Harvard and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century by Time magazine. After moving to Connecticut in 1936, Helen Keller lived in Easton until her death in 1968. The Keller residence, rebuilt after a fire, is located at 163 Redding Road in Easton.
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