There are many factors, but the first is probably because of the words etched into the bell. Underneath, “By order of the Province of Pensylvania (No, this isn’t a misspelling. This was one of the correct spellings for Pennsylvania at the time) for the Statehouse in the City of Philadelphia, 1752,” are the words, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land and unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.”
This is a scriptural quote from Leviticus 25: 10, which is, “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”
In 1837, the New York Anti-Slavery Society featured a picture of the bell on their publication Liberty. Then a couple years later another anti-slavery magazine, known as the Liberator, included a poem about the bell calling it “The Liberty Bell” and the name stuck. (Previously people were simply calling it the Statehouse Bell.)
The Liberty Bell has been hailed as a symbol of freedom ever since. It rang to mark the birthday of George Washington, and to mourn the passing of Chief Justice John Marshall, which is when most people believe it developed its trademark crack.
But even cracked, it still proclaims freedom.
When slavery ended in the United States in 1865, the Liberty Bell traveled in hopes of bringing the people in the North and South back together. It traveled until 1915 when it was permanently returned to Philadelphia.
In 1945, people used a rubber mallet to sound the bell to proclaim the end of World War II.
And currently almost 1.5 million people visit the Liberty Bell each year. I was one of those people and here’s one of the shots I snapped.
Thanks for stopping by and letting me go on about the bell.
http://wordtrix.blogspot.com/2008/04/thursday-thirteen-53-milton-mcpike.html (This is where I found the Thursday Thirteen header.) Thanks Heather.
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