When Was the Last Time the Liberty Bell Rang?

Jesu Priya | 11 - 03 - 2020
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In 1846, The Liberty Bell rang its last note to honor Washington’s birthday and is now irreparably cracked.

The Liberty Bell also is known as Old Independence Bell or State House Bell was commissioned in the year 1752. It is an iconic symbol of American independence and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Currently, the bell is placed in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park.

Inscription on the bell says: “PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THEREOF” and three words centered on the front the bell says “PASS AND STOW” 

1. The Liberty Bell Was Rung on July 8, 1776, to Announce What?
  • A. The Battle of Lexington and Concord
  • B. The First Continental Congress
  • C. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence
  • D. Accession to the throne by King George 

The Liberty Bell was the idea of the Pennsylvania Assembly, who made it in the year 1752. The Liberty bell’s purpose was to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1701 Charter of Privileges by William Penn. The Bell was the last rung on February 26, 1846, to honor the birthday of George Washington. After that event, the bell never rang again due to an irreparable crack.

Later in 1976, the bell was moved to a pavilion about 100 yards from the Independence Hall. In 2003, it was relocated to Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Millions of tourists visit the bell every year.  

Interesting Facts about the Liberty Bell

  • In 1915, the bell went on tour around the United States. Later it became clear that the bell had condition issues and is kept in Liberty Bell center.
  • In 1847, a magazine writer made up a story saying that the bell rang on first Independence Day.
  • The bell’s original name was State House Bell and then later acquired the name Liberty Bell.    

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