Anne Sullivan, 1866 - 1936

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Born: 14 April 1866, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
Died: 20 October 1936, Queens, New York

Annie's parents were both cooks who had left Ireland because of the potato famine. At age five, she contracted trachoma, an infection of the eyes that causes loss of vision due to scarring. She had many surgeries on her eyes between then and 1887. In 1880 she entered the Perkins School for the Blind, leaving as valedictorian in 1886. The next year she took on the job of governess and tutor to Helen Keller, the job that occupied the rest of her life. She began teaching Helen words signed onto Helen's palm but the words meant little to a girl both blind and deaf. The breakthrough came when she spelled out "water" and then poured water over Helen's hand; the girl immediately demanded the names of everything around her and went on to become the first blind and deaf person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree (Radcliffe) and a powerful communicator, a breakthrough that earned Sullivan the label Miracle Worker.

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