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On this day in 1752, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

September 1, 2023

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On this day in 1752, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At first, the Liberty Bell had little to do with American independence. The Pennsylvania Assembly commissioned the bell to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges (Pennsylvania’s original constitution).

Did you know? The Liberty Bell has a long history with cracks. The first iteration of the bell, delivered from England, cracked immediately. Local foundry workers recast it twice more in the following year into its final form. 🛎🛎🛎

The bell is inscribed with the Bible verse: “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” That said, it wasn’t known as the “Liberty Bell” until the 1830s when it became a symbol of the anti-slavery movement.

Crowd around the Liberty Bell, Abbie Rowe, July 3, 1951

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September 1, 2023
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