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Samuel Thomas Greene 1843-1890

Samuel Thomas Greene 1843-1890

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

The Ontario School for the Deaf

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The City of Belleville
In front of the main building of the School for the Deaf
on the northwest corner of Dundas Street West (Road 2)
and Palmer Road, entrance off Dundas Street

Coordinates: N 44 09.049 W 77 24.221


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Plaque Text

Samuel Greene was the first deaf teacher to teach deaf children in the Ontario school system. An American by birth, he was educated at the National Deaf-Mute College, now Gallaudet University, in Washington, D. C. After graduating in 1870, he came to teach at the new provincial school for the deaf in Belleville (later Sir James Whitney School). Believing that the education of deaf children should be based on solid language skills, Greene devised a progressive and highly successful method of teaching that used sign language and written English. Co-founder and first president of the Ontario Association of the Deaf, he was renowned for his eloquent public addresses and poetry recitations in sign language.

Another plaque at this location
The Ontario School for the Deaf

Related Ontario plaque
The Ontario School for the Blind



Belleville Plaques

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> Posted February 6, 2011
Over 100 years - it's time to make SJW - Samuel Green University now!

> Posted January 22, 2010
Samuel Greene was a remarkable man! I'm glad Canada benefited from his efforts.

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