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Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

This writer had an in­ter­est­ing priv­i­lege last week to at­tend a cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ple­tion of the He­len Keller/An­nie Sul­li­van statue. A re­cep­tion and cer­e­mony were held at the B.B. Comer Li­brary in Sy­la­cauga.

Al­most 200 peo­ple of all ages at­tended the event — which fea­tured com­ments by Tracey Thomas, the di­rec­tor of the li­brary; Sum­mer New­man Ernest, a board mem­ber of the Sy­la­cauga Mar­ble Fes­ti­val (an event held each April); Rene Hig­gins, pres­i­dent of the Arts Coun­cil (the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion un­der which the fes­ti­val works); Hon. Jim Heigl, mayor of Sy­la­cauga; Dr. Ted Spears, chair of the Mar­ble Fes­ti­val; Glenn Sisk, CEO of the Coosa Val­ley Med­i­cal Cen­ter (on the grounds of which the Keller/ Sul­li­van statue was cre­ated — in a “cage,” in fact); Ron Sey­bold, co­or­di­na­tor of the Alabama Lions Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion; and Glenn Win­ter, chap­lain of the med­i­cal cen­ter.

The main speech — and a video of the statue’s de­sign and sculpt­ing — was pre­sented by the sculp­tor Craig­ger Browne. He noted that he wanted to show the joy of Miss He­len as she was at the well with Miss An­nie. Thus — the ti­tle of the statue was “The Warmth of En­light­en­ment.” He stated that he wanted the many chil­dren who would visit Ivy Green and see the statue to be able to ex­pe­ri­ence the sen­sa­tion that Miss He­len felt as the wa­ter poured over her hand. Sooo — sculp­tor Browne said that he cre­ated an open­ing just above the hands of Miss An­nie and Miss He­len — in or­der to al­low young­sters to feel the flow of wa­ter over their hands (re­mem­ber-

by Anne Shu­maker

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