Group Wants To Relocate Bigger, Uncracked Relative of Liberty Bell 

Steve Tawa
April 02, 2018 - 4:49 pm
Bicentennial Bell

Artist rendering of Bicentennial Bell / Photo credit: Independence National Historical Park


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- More than 40 years after Philadelphia's other bell was first displayed - and five-years after it was mothballed - a group is working to re-introduce the bigger, uncracked relative of the Liberty Bell.

A non-profit group, Friends of Independence National Historical Park, is campaigning to relocate the Bicentennial Bell to a newly renovated garden at the corner of 3rd and Walnut Streets. The bell was dedicated in 1976 by Queen Elizabeth, during her visit to Philadelphia. It was placed in a red brick tower at what was then the park's original visitor center at 3rd and Chestnut Streets. Then, it was put into storage in 2013 to make way for the new Museum of the American Revolution.

The Bicentennial Bell, which weighs more than 12,000 pounds, was cast at the same U.K. foundry that produced the original Liberty Bell in 1752. It's 6'10" in diameter at its lip and 5.6" in height.

Liberty Bell weighs 2,000 pounds. It measures 3-feet from lip to crown. 

The Centennial Bell (13,000 pounds), made for the nation's 100th birthday in 1876, still rings every hour in the tower of Independence Hall.