A liberty bell rings in the Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

A liberty bell rings in the Black Hills

The Liberty Bell iin Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell iin Philadelphia.
Freedom will ring here in the Black Hills at the new attraction offering living history lessons about America's heritage.

The Founding Fathers complex on Highway 16 near Rapid City will commemorate Independence Day with hourly ringing of its new liberty bell from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 4.

Manager Mary Garrigan says the copper and tin bell, crafted in France, is unlike the original in Philadelphia in a key way - this bell is not cracked and will ring to commemorate America's Declaration of Independence.

Re-enactor Austin Pearce will present programs throughout the day to remember the famous and lesser know signers of the declaration in 1776. "Welcome to Independence Hall, home of the Founding Fathers," Pearce said. "Of course we may know the more famous Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. But do we know some of the more obscure signers, like William Whipple, George Reed or Samuel Huntington?"

Can you name the signers?

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as the Fourth of July. It is the anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence from England in 1776.

As for the question about South Dakota's Liberty Bell:  In 1950, 55 replica liberty bells were cast?  It was part of the Liberty Bell Savings Bond drive.  The U.S. Treasury Department gave the bells to each of the 48 states, D.C. and the territories.  South Dakota's Liberty Bell is across from the capitol building.

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