Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's great Liberty Bell is a landmark icon synonymous with the Revolutionary War and America's independence. The 268-year-old historic marker has become a symbol of freedom far and wide. Due to its famed crack in 1846, no one living today has heard the bell ring freely. The Liberty Bell's clapper has been immobilized since 1915.

Created in 1783, the famous Bell has a 12 feet circumference and weighs 2,080 pounds. Previously called the State House Bell, the Pennsylvania monument bears the message, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof." Abolitionists, women's suffrage advocates, and Civil Rights leaders took inspiration from the inscription. The bell first rang in the Independence Hall building, to call lawmakers and townspeople together. In 1755, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Adieu, the Bell rings, and I must go among the grave ones and talk politics." It wasn't until the 1830's that the bell began to take on the symbol of liberty. The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8, 1776, to commemorate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, and then again at the deaths of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

 


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Erin Poche` is a Utah-based writer and editor for Tripster and contributing writer for BeyondType1. She also writes and edits for an indie publisher of fanta ...

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