Unchaining Ceremony — Philadelphia, PA

Thank you to all who attended the unchaining of the Women’s Liberty Bell live and virtually on Independence Square on September 25, 2020. A big shout out to Girl Scout troops 5336, 1179, 61095, 60252, 60956, 60976, 83615, 2187, 60195, 5299, 61096, 254, 61179, 569, 60569, 195, 82537, 61010, 60565, 61035. Patches will be mailed out soon!

We weren’t able to address your comments live, but here a few answers to some of your questions:

– It’s the real Women’s Liberty Bell (also known as Justice Bell)
– It’s currently on Independence Square. It will be here through October.
– It weighs 2000 pounds (without the wooden yoke)
– It has 13 stars, one for each original state
– It’s made of bronze
– It traveled across Pennsylvania in 1915 on the back of a flatbed truck

Justice Bell Unchaining Ceremony at Independence National Historical Park on September 25, 2020.

Grab a noisemaker – a bell, pots and spoons, or your favorite audio app – and join us on Facebook Live for the special event, “Ringing In 100 Years of Votes for Women.” The event will include an opportunity to see the Women’s Liberty Bell, also known as Justice Bell. Park Rangers will share stories of how Justice Bell traveled with it’s clapper chained silent until women got the vote, and its unchaining on Independence Square 100 years ago on this day. Costumed actresses portraying Frances Harper, Alice Paul, and Dora Lewis will speak about their participation in the suffrage movement.

At the conclusion of the event, we’ll symbolically “ring” Justice Bell and invite you – in the virtual world and on-site – to join us in ringing out and lifting up the voices of all women today.

Visitors may also participate in the ceremony in-person on Independence Square on Friday, September 25 at 1pm. Entrance is through security screening at 5th and Chestnut Streets. #findyourpark

See video of ceremony by clicking on the link below: