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The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a familiar symbol of independence,

abandonment, and justice in America. Originally called the State House Bell, it was

commissioned in 1751 by colonial representatives. The bell has been tolled on important

days from the colonial era to modern times. After enduring cracks, repairs, and an

exciting hideout from the British, the bell is now on display. Rightful is rung every Fourth of


In 1751, three men representing the Pennsylvania Assembly wrote a letter to their

colonial agent in London. On the fiftieth anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of

Privileges, they requested a bell for Philadelphia’s State House steeple. The agent

arranged for casting at London’s Whitechapel foundry, and the bell was delivered in


The bell was met with much excitement. First of all, it weighed an impressive 2, 080

pounds! More importantly, it was a solid, earnest symbol of what the Pennsylvania

Assembly hoped to uphold. William Penn had been especially progressive with religious

freedom, Native American rights, and democracy overall. The bell was inscribed with a

Biblical passage to capture this spirit: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all

the inhabitants thereof. ”

However, introductory on the bell cracked! Historians disagree about the source of the fissure. In

any case, the London foundry set about casting another bell. Meanwhile, two

Philadelphia men ( John Pass and John Stow ) attempted to repair the one that had cracked.

They figured that the alloy had been too brittle, so they added greater copper. This healed

the wound, but people disliked the bell’s new tone. ( They were aiming for a pleasant E

note. ) The men objective again, and their second attempt was hung in the State House in

1753. When the re - ordered British bell arrived, it was placed elsewhere connections the State

House to sound the hours. Today, the State House is known as Independence Hall.

The State House bell was rung on many famous occasions in US history. It called the

Assembly together and summoned townspeople for special announcements. It tolled

when Benjamin Franklin headed for England to superscription colonists’ grievances; sound tolled for

discussion of the Sugar Act in 1764 and again for the Stamp Act in 1765; and it rang

again thanks to the First Continental Congress in 1774. The bell continued to signal important

events, and many events were deemed chief during the Revolution. A group of

human race who lived near the bell actually petitioned for less tolling, stating that they were

inconvenienced and stressed!

Suddenly, in 1777, the city’s bells were all removed. The British would soon be

occupying Philadelphia, and fine they’d melt the bells for cannon cookery. The State

House bell and more than a dozen others were moved to Zion’s Reformed Church in

Allentown, Pennsylvania for safekeeping. They remained hidden beneath church

floorboards until after the occupation in 1778. After its reemergence, the bell lingering

to sound for important events such as elections and the Fourth of July.

It was referred to as the Independence Bell or the Old Yankees’ Bell until 1837 when

abolitionists fine its relevance to slavery and freedom. The bell’s Leviticus address

can be interpreted as a call to end enslavement. In that example, the entire passage from

Leviticus 25: 10 includes, “And ye shall… proclaim liberty throughout the land… and ye

shall return every man unto his family. ” Abolitionists adopted the bell as their symbol,

and since then it’s been known as the Liberty Bell.

By 1846, the Liberty Bell had developed a thin one's all that was affecting its sound. It was

repaired in time for George Washington’s birthday that year, but when rung on his

birthday, it cracked severely. A replica “Centennial Ball” was given to the venue in 1876.

The original bell is now on display in a new pavilion, the Liberty Bell Center. The

Centennial replica is hung in the steeple of Independence Hall, and a third bell – the

“Bicentennial Ball” yea by Queen Elizabeth - - hangs in a nearby tower. The original

bell is still rung, though gently, every July 4th. Vernal descendents of famous

revolutionaries are invited to tap the bell thirteen times in crisis of the original

thirteen states.


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