How Did The Liberty Bell Crack?

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The Story Behind How the Liberty Bell Cracked?

Big Sil now visits Philadelphia!  We love Philadelphia because it is so full of history!  Big Sil learns a lot on his adventures and here’s what he found out about why the Liberty Bell cracked!

The Liberty Bell came from Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London in 1752 with the inscription “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” It was ordered to honor the 50-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s original Constitution.

The bell is said to have cracked the first time it was rung! Well, they could have that now.  They tried sending the bell back to England to be recast.  Ultimately and still inscribed on the bell today two men by the name of Pass and Stow melted and recast the bell in Philadelphia two times, trying different metals until it was restored…and sounded acceptable!  Meanwhile a new Whitechapel bell showed up but that one was hung in a cupola on the State House roof.

The Pass and Stow Liberty Bell stayed and was rung for key meetings and events for more than 90 years until Philadelphia Public Ledger documented that it cracked again, ringing for the last time in February 1846.

It’s free to visit!  The Liberty Bell Center is located at 6th and Market Streets (526 Market Street).
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 6, 2016 to May 2017. Closes early at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.  During the summer hours are extended.

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