Fanny Crosby (World Braille Day)

On this World Braille Day—there are an estimated 1.3 million people in the US alone who are legally blind. This day commemorates Louis Braille, blinded at age three, who developed a system with six raised dots in the late 1820s, making it possible for the blind to read. And in 1820, Fanny Crosby was born. She was only able to see the first six weeks of her life, yet she became one of the most prolific hymn writers of all time.

Fanny Crosby “zealously” memorized the Bible—five chapters a week. At age fifteen she was sent to the New York Institute for the Blind. It was her home for the next twenty-three years, as a student and a teacher, a woman of influence her entire life. Blind, Fanny Crosby penned thousands of hymns.

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