The Voice of Liberty

This Day in History

The peal of a 2,000-pound copper-tin bell, later a patriotic symbol known as the “Liberty Bell,” rang for all time at the reading of the Declaration of Independence on this day in history in 1776. 

The Continental Congress had just four days earlier formally adopted the document.

Going back to the Liberty Bell’s origins in 1751, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s state constitution, the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly called for the bell’s creation. 

Before being hung in the Independence Hall steeple, it was cracked during a test ring (still a controversial notion). It was recast before it cracked once more  and was bored out significantly to halt further damage.  

Its ringing was limited to important announcements, and very special occasions. 

The bell went on to toll right after King George III succeeded the throne in 1761 and again when parliament proposed the Stamp Act of 1765 which would go on to throw the colonies into uproar. 

The Liberty Bell at Bunker Hill, 1903

Prior to the launch of the American Revolution, the bell chimed to signify the beginning of the battles of Lexington and Concord.

The bell took on a metamorphosis as an American iconic symbol in the aftermath of the Civil War. Americans searched for a piece of history to reunite its divided house, and eventually found refuge in the Liberty Bell.

It was last rung on George Washington’s Birthday in 1846 during which its cracked expanded to where it is now. Thereafter it has just been “tapped” when a worthy occasion presents itself.

Since then, during troubling times for the country, the Liberty Bell has been on multiple excursions across the country in an effort to bring Americans together. 

Today, the Liberty Bell rests in the Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania, built in 2003. Its presence is a constant reminder that Liberty and all its blessings belongs to us all. 

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