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Portrait of Anne Sullivan, c. 1887 - select for more details
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Portrait of Anne Sullivan, 1887

Anne Sullivan was born on April 14, 1866, in Agawam, Massachusetts. Her family had very little money and could not take care of her. When she was 10 years old she was sent to live in a home for poor people. Anne also had very poor vision. At the age of 14, she was sent to the Perkins School for the Blind to receive training to be a teacher for children who were blind.

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Ivy Green, where Helen was born

Helen's mother, Kate Adams Keller, 1900

Portrait of Anne Sullivan, 1887

The water pump where Helen made her miraculous breakthrough

Helen's early writing

Photograph of the Boy's Kindergarten class at the Perkins School for the Blind, c. 1880

Helen touching the branch of a tree

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