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Liberty Bell
Date Issued: 1926-05-10
Postage Value: 2 cents

Commemorative issue
Sesquicentennial Exposition
Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell first was hung in 1753 in the newly finished Pennsylvania State House. That building later became known as Independence Hall. An inscription on the bell reads, "Proclaim Liberty throughout the land" (Lev. 25:10). The bell was rung on the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, inaugurating an Independence Day tradition that was observed every year (other than 1777-1778, when the bell was removed and hidden from British occupiers of Philadelphia) until 1846. In 1846, a small crack in the bell enlarged to the point where the bell no longer could be sounded. The Liberty Bell may be the most famous symbol of the Colonial struggle for independence. It now is housed at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell pavilion.



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