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Today in History: April 15

Slide 1 of 11: A statue of Thomas Hoplins Gallaudet (1787 - 1851), a clergyman who started the first free public school for the deaf in the USA. The statue, in the grounds of the school, depicts him with one of the children that his school benefitted.

1817: First American school for the deaf opens

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet opens America's oldest existing school for the deaf in Hartford, Connecticut.

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