Agatha Tiegel Hanson
Agatha Tiegel Hanson was first woman to graduate from Gallaudet in 1893 shortly after Gallaudet admits female students for the first time in 1887 and she graduated as top in her class. She spoke of "The Intelligent of Women" during her valedictorian speech at her graduation. She was also half blind.
She taught Minnesota School for the Deaf for several years and married Olof Hanson, renowned deaf architect and they moved to Seattle where she remained activist in local and national organizations within Deaf Community. They had 3 daughters.
This artwork is about 30 inches wide and 12 inches tall and weighs about 5 lbs. Her quote and her actual signature are included. According to several sources, she did not have a sign name and she was probably known as "Aggie." Fingerspelled "Aggie" is also included. (Sizes of bases vary depending on availability of reclaimed wood)
Glasses and necklaces are wood, but they are raised and the eye part is lowered, increases tactile feeling.