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District of Columbia Liberty Bell Replica

In 1950, the United States Department of the Treasury assisted by several private companies selected Paccard Foundry in Annecy-le-Vieux, France, to cast 55 full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell. The bells were shipped as gifts to states and territories of the United States and the District of Columbia to be displayed and rung on patriotic occasions. This was part of a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950 with the slogan "Save for Your Independence."

 

The replica presented to the District of Columbia currently sits at the Bell Entrance (the side of the Treasury Building facing the White House) where residents of the District and visitors to the nation’s capital can not view this important part of our nation’s history.

 

I suggest the Liberty Bell replica be moved to the north side of the Treasury building (the Pennsylvania Avenue plaza) and the accompanying descriptive plaque be placed on the fence between the plaza and the sidewalk.

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Idea No. 29