The iconic cracked bell once stood in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, since renamed Independence Hall. The bell was commissioned in 1752 and first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia. It was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public meetings and proclamations.
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