Clang / by Dave Hileman

The Liberty Bell cracked and was recast twice after its arrival from the Whitechapel Foundry in 1752 destined for the Pennsylvania State House. It "likely" rang on 7/8/1776 when the Declaration of Independence was read. It was cracked in the early 1800's but was not really famous until an 1847 poem was published. It is under the care of the National Park Service but it is owned by the city of Philadelphia.