Will Helen Keller Be On The New $10 Bill ?

Helen Keller Foundation

Some groups would like to see the redesigned $10 bill with the image of Helen Keller.

The Alabama-born woman overcame blindness and deafness to become an international voice for the disabled.  The Department of the Treasury is gathering information on whose portrait should be on the new bill, and is doing so partly through the hashtag #TheNew10.

Keller lost her sight and hearing to an illness as a child in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and her parents found Anne Sullivan, a teacher for the blind to educate her, writes timesdaily.com.

Sullivan came from Boston to Alabama when Keller was 7.

Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, and ultimately moved to Easton, Connecticut. She died on June 1, 1968.

Both of these similarly-sized cities plus the Helen Keller Foundation are pushing for Keller’s likeness to grace the $10 bill.

Keller became an author and advocate for the rights of women and workers as well as the blind and disabled.  Keller has represented Alabama on its 2003 state quarter, writes AL.com.

She received the Presidential Medal of Honor, and Time magazine called her one of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century.