International Symbol of Freedom

International Symbol of Freedom

( – People from all over the world come to see this symbol of freedom, and no, it’s not the Statue of Liberty. Instead, this item resides in Philadelphia in what is now known as Independence Hall. This historic landmark is the Liberty Bell.

The Origins

The bell we see today is actually not the original bell. In fact, it’s the third Liberty Bell cast, after the first two cracked. Eventually, between 1817 and 1846, the third one would also crack. The first bell was cast in London, England and then sent to the colony of Pennsylvania in 1753. It wouldn’t be long after its arrival when it would crack, prompting officials to have a new bell cast from the old one.

Meant to Be

As it turned out, the second bell was also defective, which meant it needed to be recast yet again. The third, what would be the bell we see today, was cast, this time with the inscription “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof” as well as the last names of the artists who cast it, John Pass and John Snow.

The year of its casting is also inscribed in roman numerals on the bell, MDCCLIII. As we know, the bell would again develop a crack, so perhaps it was meant to be. Liberty Bell rang for the last time on George Washington’s birthday in 1846.

On Tour

After the Civil War, Liberty Bell traveled across the country. In 1915, it would find its permanent residence in Philadelphia, at Independence Hall. Tourists now come to see the landmark as it sits on display next to Independence Hall in a visitor center. After being so prone to cracks, it’s easy to see why they may have stopped hauling this historical item around the country.

Liberty Bell is older than the United States, and it’s easy to see why it serves as an international symbol of freedom. It has been here from before the founding of America, and it still stands today. While there are several symbols of freedom around the world, none are as recognizable as the Liberty Bell — although the Statue of Liberty may take a close second.

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