Let Freedom Ring: The Liberty Bell
One of the most well known symbols of American freedom is the Liberty Bell – the huge bell with the visible crack down the front, on display in Philadelphia.
This huge bell was purchased from Whitechapel Foundry in London in 1751, and construction was completed in 1752. The bell was delivered to Philadelphia in August 1752, but was forever changed upon being rung – for it was cracked.
The Liberty Bell was then melted and reconstructed by Pass & Stowe in April 1753. However, the bell needed to be melted and cast a third time by Pass & Stowe, and was finally completed in June 1753. The Liberty Bell was then placed in the tower at Independence Hall on 7 June 1753.
This cast of the Liberty Bell was first struck on the 8th of July 1776, at the first public presentation of the Declaration of Independence. The bell has since been struck every July 4th, and on national holidays.
Even with three castings, the bell again cracked, when rung in memorial of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1935. The crack has become a well-known characteristic of this great bell.
The bell is not only large in symbolism – it is large physically, as well. Standing at 5 feet 3 inches tall, the Liberty Bell is 12 feet around at its widest edge; 7 feet 6 inches around its top, and weighs 2080 pounds. Composed mostly of copper and tin, with small amounts of several other metals, it rings in E-flat when rung.
Lest one were to forget the meaning of the Liberty Bell, it is inscribed with the passage ‘Proclaim Liberty, Throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof. Leviticus XXV:X’. Still visible in its 1976-built pavilion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Liberty Bell remains a symbol of freedom for all to celebrate.