The one-ton bronze replica sits outside the Massachusetts State House, in a spot visitors don’t see.
So, one Northbridge man is urging lawmakers to advance his bill to relocate it.
A State House bill would fund a feasibility study to determine whether it’s practical to move a liberty bell replica bell to a “more accessible location to the general public” inside the State House. It also creates a Massachusetts Liberty Bell Replica fund that would be used to pay for the relocation.
Webster State Representative Joseph McKenna co-sponsored the bill. McKenna told 22News, it’s a great piece of history that very few people even knew existed.
“If you didn’t know it was there… you don’t see it from the State House, and so you really couldn’t have any way of knowing that the replica of the Liberty Bell even exists. There’s no plaque, there’s no note of it, there really is no way of knowing it’s there,” said McKenna.
The bell was among the first exhibits for tourists entering the building, until the front doors closed after the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001.
Fifty-three full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell were distributed to states and territories in the 1950’s as part of a national savings bond campaign.
Representative McKenna told 22News, the Northbridge man behind the legislation has done a “tremendous” amount of advocacy educating people about its history.
In January, the Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee endorsed the and referred it to the House Ways and Means Committee, where it remains.