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America’s “Liberty Bell” is located at Liberty Bell Center, 6th and Market Streets, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was cast in 1752 and weighed 2,050 pounds.
The Liberty Bell rang throughout America’s Revolutionary War era, from the repeal of the Sugar Act (1764) to the death of President George Washington (1799).
The famous “crack” in the Liberty Bell, about which so much has been written, is 24 ½ inches long and ½ inch wide. Contrary to popular legend, the crack did not appear at the time of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). It was only years later that a hairline fracture appeared (1835), which was followed by the larger break (1846). In both instances, the Liberty Bell was pealing in commemoration of Washington’s Birthday.
This is not much of a photo, but I selected it to commemorate 9/11 because it is a reflection of humanity. Liberty is not confined to a single race, or nationality, or religion.
The Liberty Bell Center’s permanent signs – many in different languages – bear the words: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto the inhabitants thereof.” [Lev. 25, v. 10, KJV]
Liberty is cherished among all peoples!
[The Liberty Bell is enclosed in a glass cube. I was standing inside of the cube when I took this shot. There were people in front of me and behind me, inside and outside of the cube, and that, together with the reflections off of the glass, are responsible for some of the effect here. For example, the lady at right is “missing” below the waist. The upper left quadrant of the Liberty Bell fades away.]
Let us always count our many blessings.
As always, thanks for stopping by!
Also by Richard Knight
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