Why Is the Liberty Bell Famous

The Liberty Bell, found in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), carries symbolic significance of the American Revolutionary War. It is a flagrant symbol of independence recognized throughout the United States and has been considered as an icon of liberty throughout the course of history.

As per dictates of tradition, one of the most renowned ringing of the bell took place on July 8, 1776, to summon residents of Philadelphia for the proclaiming of the Declaration of Independence. Today historians take this highly dubious, as the bell tower (turret) in which the bell was hung had decayed considerably till such time.

Liberty Bell Why Is the Liberty Bell Famous

The bell is known to have been rung to publicize the commissioning of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and also at the conclusion of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. At length the Liberty Bell came to be known as the “Independence Bell” or the “Old Yankee’s Bell” before 1837. Afterwards it was undertaken by the American Anti-Slavery Society as a gesture of the abolitionist movement.


The text inscribed over the Liberty Bell bears the following theme:

And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a triumph unto you; and you shall return every man unto his belonging, and you shall return every man unto his family.

American Revolutionary War

History is evident that the Liberty Bell was used to make public the inaugural celebration of the first Continental Congress in 1774 and at the conclusion of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

On Sept. 11, 1777, when Washington was defeated in the Battle of Brandvwine, the capital of Philadelphia, which served as the cradle of revolutionary spirits was at stake; consequently the city had to prepare for an imminent British attack. The Supreme Excutive Council of Pennsylvania issued instructions that all the eleven bells of the churches, including the State House bell be removed from the city to avoid the British who could melt them into cannons. A train comprising of more than 700 wagons, under the guard of two hundred cavalry men from Virginia and North Carolina, commanded by Col. Thomas Polk, 4th Regiment North Carolina, left Philadelphia for Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The bells were covered under manure and straw, while the State House bell was concealed in the wagon of John Jacob Mickley.

By September 24, the train and armed bodyguard reached Richland Township, Pennsylvania. On September 23, the bishop of the Moravian Church in Bethlehem intimated that the wagons had reached safe and sound, and all bells with the exception of the State House bell had been moved to Northampton-Towne, Pennsylvania.

The State House bell was sent in the wagon of Frederick Leaser the following day to the historic Zion’s Reformed Church in center city Allentown, where it was kept with other bells, beneath floorboards. British forces entered Philadelphia unopposed and took control of the city on September 26. By June 1778 the bell was sent back to Philadelphia to the original position at the culmination of the British occupation.

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