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Years later, after Tennie married she went to work as a teacher at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Some parents of blind children, at that time, felt is was a stigma and actually hid these children away from the public. Tennie raised money herself, to put gas in her car, so she could comb the hills looking for blind children that would benefit from this school. Many times, she was staring down the barrel of a shotgun, when parents wanted her to just go away. Tennie became so proficient at teaching braille that she was asked to come to Vanderbilt University to train teachers there.Aunt Tennie was a wonderful Great Aunt and one of the women who came before me.
We stopped in Muskogee, OK on our trip home this week and I sought out the school for the blind, which has a new campus.