This Twitter series spotlight unfamiliar histories of deaf/hard-of-hearing people, technologies, and events.
He’s described as “America’s first culture-shocking misfit” & a poster child for “queercrip.” Tony Bennett called him the Father of Rock & Roll. Deaf, effeminate, bisexual, Johnnie Ray was a pop sensation who performed authentically. His hearing aids were part of his performance. Read more.
Nicknamed “Queen of the Mountain,” American archaeologist Theresa B. Goell (1901-1985) spent thirty years searching for the resting tomb of Antiochus I (69-36 BCE), king of Commagene, an ancient Greco-Iranian kingdom. Read more.
A deaf & black man incarcerated Jim Crow South, Junius Wilson’s (1908-2001) life is a painful story of oppression & injustice. Read more.
“I try to recover time talking with my shadow.” Don Jaime, Duke of Segovia: The deaf Prince who renounced, then revived, his claim to the Spanish throne. Read more.
Reformer & activist, Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958) had a busy life: she wrote 40 books, spoke 5 languages, led WWI relief efforts, managed education programs & promoted prison reform. She also spent decades hiding her deafness. Read More.
The dilsiz (Turkish; bizebani in Persian–meaning “tongueless”) were the mutes and deaf-mutes who served the Ottoman courts during the 1400s-1900s. Favored by the Sultan, they obtained privilege status & their system of sign language was even adopted by hearing courtiers. Read More.