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Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Date: July 11, 2002
Byline: Michael Smerconish

Where to put the bell

Speaking of historic, the Liberty Bell is about to get a new home. The $12 million Liberty Bell Center will open in about a year at 6th and Market.

Today we know something that apparently was a mystery when the location was selected - the bell will be located close to where George Washington once lived - and where he quartered his slaves.

What does that say? To the 500 protesters who showed up last week, it says there should be a monument to the slaves that dwarfs the bell. I disagree. The Liberty Bell is precisely the monument they seek.

And the discovery about Washington makes this the perfect spot. In fact, let's pinpoint the precise location where the slaves slept and drop the bell there.

In the 1840s, the Liberty Bell became a symbol of the anti-slavery cause. How fitting that in the new millennium, we should note our progress by marking the spot where the first U.S. president once housed slaves.


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