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Americas Liberty Bell

Katie and the Liberty Bell Today we took a break from unpacking and ventured into Philadelphia for a bit of sightseeing. Cousin Katie (pictured left) has never been here before, so Nana thought it’d be nice to take her to see the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War. It is a familiar symbol of independence within the United States and has been described as an icon of liberty and justice.

According to tradition, its most famous ringing occurred on July 8, 1776, to summon citizens of Philadelphia for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians today consider this highly doubtful, as the steeple in which the bell was hung had deteriorated significantly by that time. The bell had also been rung to announce the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and after the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

The Liberty Bell was known as the “Independence Bell” or the “Old Yankee’s Bell” until 1837, when it was adopted by the American Anti-Slavery Society as a symbol of the abolitionist movement.

The inscription on the Liberty Bell reads as follows:

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof Lev. XXV X
By Order of the ASSEMBLY of the Province of PENSYLVANIA [sic] for the State House in Philada
Pass and Stow
Philada
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The source of the inscription is Leviticus 25:10, which reads

“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

Hanks at the Liberty Bell
Alex and Adam pose with mom and dad in front of the Liberty Bell.

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

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