Liberty Bell Replica, Atlanta

Liberty Bell Replica, Atlanta, Georgia

Public Art : Liberty Bell Replica, Atlanta

Description : A big bronze bell, mounted on keystone blue Elberton Granite. Number 49 of the 55 Liberty Bell replicas made.

Cast By: Paccard Foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, France.

Date: 1950

Commissioned by: United States Department of the Treasury and several private companies.

Original Location: Was moved from behind the Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Present Location: The Bell is presently located Georgia Plaza Park, Atlanta, USA.

History of the Replica Liberty Bell: Every State in America has a replica of the Liberty Bell, well, they should! In 1950 the United States Department of the Treasury had 55 full sized replicas of the Liberty Bell cast in Annecy-le-Vieux, France. On completion of the bells each state and territories of the United States and the District of Columbia recieved one as a gift. The bells were to be displayed and rung on patriotic occassions. The project was part of a Savings Bond drive (May 15 to July 4th 1950) which used the slogan "Save for Your Independence".

Liberty Bell Replica Plaques:

 

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.

This bell is one of three cast in France in 1950 and given to the United States government by:
American Smelting and Refining Company
Anaconda Copper Mining Company
Kennecott Copper Corporation
Miami Copper Company
Phelps Dodge Corporation
The American Metal Company, Limited
Steel Supports By U.S. Steel Corporation's American Bridge Company

This plaque donated by Revere Copper and Brass, Inc.


 

Georgia's Liberty Bell Replica
This great bell was moved from behind the
Georgia State Capitol by three dedicated
Georgia women as their bi-centennial project.
Ruby Whitworth, Janet Schpoeder, Rebecca Mayer,
Dorothy Felion. State rep sponsored the Bill authorizing it. Contributions came from the children of the Monteclair School, Carolyn Mounts teacher; George Nader, West Point .GA DAP, Habersham Chapter; AAUW, Atlanta branch; NLAPW, Atlanta branch and Gold Kist, INC.


Mounted on 22 foot float, by Steve Polk and decorated by Troy Keeble, this 3,000L.B. bell
rang for crowds on 4th July WSB TV parade down Peachtree Street; visited at Six Flags over Georgia; Hiawassee Mt. State Fair and opened the World Congress Centre in 1976. The bell is mounted on keystone blue Elberton Granite.
It rang for the inauguration of Georgian,
Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the USA,
January 20th, 1977.


Where are they now?:

28 are on the grounds or in the Capitol buildings.  
5 Memorial Parks
3 in historical societies
3 Universities or Education buildings
3 State House
3 Unknown
1 Treasury Building
1 State Fair
1 Zion Reform Church
1 Central Fire Station
1 Archives
1 Storage
1 Cafeteria
1 Museum
1 Town Square
1 on loan to a High School
1 Annecy, France

1 was  involved in an accident (28th March, 2008) when a drunk driver ploughed into the truck  carrying the 2000 pound bell. David Hall takes the bell (unsure if it is one of the unknown ones) around North Texas to the funerals of veterans and fallen soldiers.

For more up to date information on the where abouts of the bells check the Liberty Bell Museum Site.

Rumors: The oregon bell was rumored to have been blown up by a terrorist attack in 1970. Rumor denied, the bell is in Wilson Park.

Crazy Facts:  Missouri seems to have two Liberty Bells.

Way to go New Jersey - their bell is located in the Town Square and is rung every year on the 4th of July. The bell is rung 13 times, one for each of the 13 original colonies.

The Atlanta Replica Liberty Bell is number 49.

Other Liberty Bell Replicas :

Liberty Bell Replica, Denver, Colorado  Liberty Replica Bell, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Liberty Bell Denver # 47         Liberty Bell Atlanta #49

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