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Statue of Helen Keller to be installed in Capitol

This 1888 photo released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston shows Helen Keller when she was eight years old, left, holding hands with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, during a summer vacation to Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. (AP Photo)

This 1888 photo released by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston shows Helen Keller when she was eight years old, left, holding hands with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, during a summer vacation to Brewster, Mass., on Cape Cod. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama is updating its historical presence in
the U.S. Capitol, swapping out a statue of a rather unknown former
congressman for a new bronze likeness of Helen Keller.

The Keller statue, being unveiled Wednesday morning, is the first in the National Statuary Hall Collection depicting a person with a disability and the only one of a child.

Showing Keller as a 7-year-old girl, it replaces one of Jabez Curry, a former Confederate officer, educator, ambassador and preacher who was once well known for advocating for free public education.

Gov. Bob Riley, who spearheaded the change, said the move is not
to diminish Curry's role but to recognize Keller as one of Alabama's most recognizable and significant historical figures.


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