The Liberty Bell is another famous symbol in American history. The actual bell was believed to be the bell that was rung on July 8th, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was publicly announced. It was originally placed at the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now called the Independence Hall). On the bell there was lettering (part of Leviticus 25:10): “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The bell was adopted as a symbol by the abolitionist societies in 1830s (called “the Liberty Bell”), and later on during the Cold War it became a symbol of freedom. There were many stories about how the bell cracked, but the crack became the distinguishing feature of the bell that separates it from any other bells.
Today you can visit the Liberty Bell Center to see the Liberty Bell in person. It is located in the Independence National Historical Park in downtown Philadelphia, right across the street from the Independence Hall.
The photo below was taken during my visit to the Independence National Historical Park. Unlike the Independence Hall, you don’t need a ticket to see the Liberty Bell. But you may need to wait patiently if you want get a photo of the bell (or with the bell) alone, as there could be many people around wanting to take photo with this iconic historical artifact.