The Liberty Bell’s Famous Crack

By Karen Harris
Close-up of the Liberty Bell, shown from the cracked side, on its display in Philadelphia, PA. Undated photograph. Source: (

The Liberty Bell is one of our most endearing national symbols. However, as every American kid quickly learns, that symbol is broken. The famous bell and its even more famous crack remain an icon of American patriotism and the bell, housed in Philadelphia, is a popular tourist destination. But how did a broken bell become so highly regarded in the first place? Let’s look at the Liberty Bell and its well-known defect.