The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American history. The inscription on the bell that reads, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof" has been an inspiration for many historical revolutions and movements in America.
Visit this symbol of American Independence and learn about America's history and revolution to become the free and liberal country it is today. The bell, weighing 2,080 lbs, is made of bronze with an American elm wooden yolk.
There is no recorded time or reason to explain when the first crack appeared on the Liberty Bell. The most likely explanation is that a narrow split developed in the early 1840s after the bell was used for nearly 90 years. The city decided to repair the bell before George Washington's birthday holiday in 1846. Metalworkers widened the thin crack to prevent it from spreading further and restored the original tone of the bell with a technique called "stop drilling." You can see over 40 drill bit marks in the wide crack when carefully looking at the bell.
The Liberty Bell last rang in February 1846, on George Washington's birthday. After that, another fissure developed in the bell. It went from the abbreviation for Philadelphia up through the word Liberty, silencing the bell forever.