NYC Honorary Street Names
Helen Keller Place (Brooklyn)
Present name:Lawrence Street
Location:Between Willoughby Street and Metrotech Plaza
Honoree: This renaming marked the hundredth anniversary of Helen Keller Services for the Blind, which serves both the blind and the deaf-blind, and is located on Willoughby Street. The organization was founded in 1893 and was known until 1985 as the Industrial Home for the Blind. Helen Keller (1880-1968) was born healthy but at 18 months contracted an illness that left her blind, deaf and mute. With the help of a dedicated teacher, she overcame these handicaps to graduate cum laude from Radcliffe and to become a distinguished author, lecturer, and social reformer.
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