Purchase a commemorative brick and pave the way

for St. Mary’s students to a bright and successful future!


The future of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf (SMSD) is dependent on donations from caring community members like you. Your brick purchase will allow us to continue to provide students of St. Mary’s with outstanding educational opportunities and lead them to become lifelong learners and successful members of our community.

 The commemorative bricks will line the walkway that leads to a statue of Abbe de L’Epee located in front of Primary Hall.

L’Epee, who is known in Deaf history as the “Father of the Deaf”, is a pioneer to the sign language community.  Abbe de L’Epee developed a manual alphabet with simple signs. This system developed into French Sign Language (FSL) and was the precursor of American Sign Language (ASL).  


In August 1930, the Third World Congress of Educators of the Deaf was held in Buffalo, New York.  Thousands of educators were present from all over the world.  During this event, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) presented St. Mary's with a statue of Abbe de L'Epee. This bronze monument is the work of Eugene A. Hannon, a deaf sculptor who began his study of art at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.


If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact:
Jill Tobin - [email protected]