Georgia’s Liberty Bell will ring for the first time in decades to mark the start of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Jan. 12 swearing-in ceremony. The bell, a gift from the Truman administration, will be housed in the newly constructed Liberty Plaza.
“The Liberty Bell, much like Liberty Plaza, has historical significance to our state,” Deal said. “It was intended for use at patriotic occasions, and we look forward to restoring that tradition. It is my hope that the Liberty Bell will become part of Georgia’s inaugural ceremony for years to come.”
The recently restored bell previously sat on the grounds of the Capitol. Read about the restoration here.
About the Liberty Bell
Full-size replicas of the Liberty Bell were presented to each of the 50 states in 1950 as part of a U.S. savings bond drive called “Save for Your Independence.” The Treasury Department, along with several private companies, selected Paccard Foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, France, to cast the bells.
The plaque accompanying the bell reads:
Dedicated to you, a free citizen in a free land.
This reproduction of the Liberty Bell was presented to the people of Georgia at the direction of The Honorable John W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury.
As the inspirational symbol of the United States Savings Bond Independence drive from May 15 to July 4, 1950, the Liberty Bell was displayed in every part of the state.
The dimensions and tone are identical with those of the original Liberty Bell when it rang out our independence in 1776.
In standing before this symbol, you have the opportunity to dedicate yourselves as, did our founding fathers, to the principles of the individual freedom for which our nation stands.
Read more about the bell here, including coverage from 1950 and 1976. To view Liberty Bell replicas across the country, click here.