Paul Revere Bell To Ring In Boston

Paul Revere bell (Cody Hanson/Flickr)
Paul Revere bell (Cody Hanson/Flickr)

A colonial bell cast by a foundry associated with Paul Revere has a new home at the Old South Meeting House in downtown Boston. It's a good match since the Boston Tea Party began meeting at the Meeting House in 1773.

The 876-pound Revere bell is one of only 23 still in existence. For years it hung in the First Baptist Church of Westborough.

This week workers removed and transported the bell to the Old South Meeting House. Now it's the oldest of the three Revere Bells found along the Freedom Trail.

"Having a bell at the Old South Meeting House is something we've wanted to get back for many many years," said Old South Meeting House Executive Director Emily Curran. "There's hasn't been one since 1876."

Starting Saturday, the bell will be on display so the public can look closely at Revere's famous handiwork. The window of opportunity stretches through the summer into early fall, according to Curran. Then it will be hung up high in the building's renovated clock tower, where it will ring as it once did in colonial Boston.

This program aired on June 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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