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Anne Sullivan

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Anne Sullivan Famous memorial

Original Name
Johanna Mansfield Sullivan
Birth
Feeding Hills, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
20 Oct 1936 (aged 70)
Forest Hills, Queens County, New York, USA
Burial
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Columbarium South
Memorial ID
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Educator. Due to the early death of her mother she and her brother were sent to a poorhouse, which had no other children their age. Because of her poor living conditions, she had health problems all her life and lost her sight at age 35. In 1887, she became governess to six-year-old Helen Keller. Using creativity and patience, she taught the blind, deaf and mute girl a manual alphabet. Because of her teachings, Keller was able to attend classes at Radcliffe College with Sullivan as her constant companion. Later the two made worldwide tours and chaired fundraisers for the American Foundation for the Blind, including visits to the White House. In 1905, she married John A. Macy, a Harvard professor who worked with Keller on her autobiography. The marriage didn't last. She continued to be a constant companion to Keller, going with her on worldwide lectures. After her death, Keller wrote a book about her titled simply "Teacher."
Educator. Due to the early death of her mother she and her brother were sent to a poorhouse, which had no other children their age. Because of her poor living conditions, she had health problems all her life and lost her sight at age 35. In 1887, she became governess to six-year-old Helen Keller. Using creativity and patience, she taught the blind, deaf and mute girl a manual alphabet. Because of her teachings, Keller was able to attend classes at Radcliffe College with Sullivan as her constant companion. Later the two made worldwide tours and chaired fundraisers for the American Foundation for the Blind, including visits to the White House. In 1905, she married John A. Macy, a Harvard professor who worked with Keller on her autobiography. The marriage didn't last. She continued to be a constant companion to Keller, going with her on worldwide lectures. After her death, Keller wrote a book about her titled simply "Teacher."

Bio by: Rebecca


Inscription

HELEN KELLER AND HER LIFELONG COMPANION ANNIE SULLIVAN MACY ARE INTERRED IN THE COLUMBARIUM BEHIND THE CHAPEL

(Inscription translated into Braiile is below)



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  • Added: Apr 25, 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/659/anne-sullivan: accessed ), memorial page for Anne Sullivan (14 Apr 1866–20 Oct 1936), Find a Grave Memorial ID 659, citing Washington National Cathedral, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.