We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Declaration of Independence, 1776)

On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell toll gathered citizens to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The Old Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pa.

“Title and "80 (9648)” on label.“

Slide from the Keystone View Company Lantern Slides held by the College of Charleston Libraries.

We love art because it ENDURES. The Museum’s conservation staff not only sets an international standard for excellence, pioneering ways to protect works of art for future generations, but it also cares for our local and national heritage—having consulted on the preservation of the Liberty Bell.

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