This portrait of George W. Veditz by deaf artist Louis Frisino hangs in the Bjorlee Museum at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick Maryland.
“George William Veditz (August 13, 1861 – March 12, 1937) was a former president of National Association of the Deaf of the United States and was one of the first to film American Sign Language.” – Wikipedia
George W. Veditz
(1861 - 1937)
1878 MSD Alumnus, Teacher, Deaf Leader, Authro
Early ASL Advocate
George Verditz’ 1913 short film “Preservation of the Sign Language” features a speech by Verditz in American Sign Language, the first filmed record of ASL. (Translation Here)
"As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs. And as long as we have our films, we can preserve signs in their old purity. It is my hope that we will all love and guard our beautiful sign language as the noblest gift God has given to deaf people."—George Veditz, 1913.