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Helen Keller Comes Home
June 12 - June 14
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision,” said Forest Hills resident Helen Keller (1880 – 1968), an advocate, author, and lecturer regarded as a most courageous 20th century figure.
On June 14 at 9 AM, it will be history-in-the-making, as the Helen Keller Forest Hills Tribute Mural will rise on the west wall of the Ascan Avenue LIRR underpass, and her humanitarian spirit will be commemorated. Despite being blind and deaf at 19 months after contracting Scarlet Fever, her mission to remove stigmas associated with sight and hearing disorders took her worldwide.
The public will have the opportunity to play a role by witnessing the mural’s creation at the “Helen Keller Mural Painting Event & Plaque Unveiling” on June 12 at 3 PM and on June 13 at 11 AM. It will be held at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills at 71-11 112th Street (formerly 93 Seminole Avenue), which is where Helen Keller resided in a brick-gabled and limestone seven-room house that she nicknamed “our castle on the marsh.”