If you are a fan of Helen Keller, you will know that Ivy Green is her birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama. I have always been amazed by the brilliance of this Alabama native who overcame her handicaps with the help of "Teacher" Annie Sullivan. Helen Keller was born into a very wealthy and respected family...her charmed life came to an end when she came down with a fever that left her blind and deaf at nineteen months old. Her family soon despaired of ever helping their daughter. Captain Keller found out about a school for the blind, Perkins Institute. Annie Sullivan was a young graduate and while not blind, she did have vision problems. She was willing to take on Helen as a student. Captain Keller paid Miss Sullivan $25 a month along with room and board. At that time, it was a generous salary. However when Annie arrived in Alabama, she came to see that she would earn every penny! At the beginning of her stay in Alabama she shared a room with Helen in the main house.