Jacksonville Historical Society to unveil Bicentennial Bell

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — To celebrate Jacksonville’s 200 birthday, the Jacksonville Historical Society is unveiling the Bicentennial Bell this Wednesday during Art Walk.

The bell will be featured at the centerpiece of a monument to Jacksonville’s significant milestone. The next phase of the bell’s instillation will include finding a permanent site location for the almost 230 pound bell.

The public is welcome to attend the unveiling at the Jacksonville Public Library at 6:30 p.m.


The bell will remain in Jacksonville Public Library where it has been since late February while plans are underway to secure a permanent site.

The Jacksonville Historical Society states that although our bell may seem similar to the Liberty Bell, the commemorative nature is different. “Instead of ringing for freedom, the Bicentennial Bell marks a milestone in Jacksonville’s history, while also heralding the city’s bright future.”

Donations can be made to the Jacksonville Historical Society; visit jaxhistory.org.

For more information about Jacksonville’s Bicentennial Bell, call (904) 665-0064 or email communications@jaxhistory.org.

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About The Jacksonville Historical Society/Jacksonville History Center:

Established in 1929, the Jacksonville Historical Society has been dedicated to serving its community by maintaining an archive of of documents, photographs, rare books and architectural artifacts relating to Jacksonville-area history.

The society raises funds and collaborates with diverse nonprofits in order to restore local land marks, provide the city with knowledge about Jacksonville’s historical topics, and even lead walking tours and other interactive activities.

The Jacksonville History Center is meant to be a place for the Jacksonville community to learn and experience who they are and what their history may inform abut the future.

Located in the heart of the growing Sports & Entertainment District and composed of four historic structures – Old St. Luke’s Hospital, Old St. Andrew’s Church, the James E. Merrill House Museum, and the Florida Casket Company Building – the Jacksonville History Center will be founded around Jacksonville’s rich legacy of music, a hearty archive, and an ever growing collection of historical artifacts from all over the region.

The center will be a local educational destination, a unique and engaging special events venue, and a must experience cultural attraction for visitors to the region

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