A pre-War symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Replicas of it are distributed among the former United States. Originally located in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, the Liberty Bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public meetings and proclamations. In the 1830s, the bell was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the "Liberty Bell."
As part of the Liberty Bell Savings Bonds drive in 1950, 53 replicas of the Liberty Bell were ordered by the United States Department of the Treasury to be displayed and rung on patriotic occasions. They were cast in France in the same year. One reproduction of the Liberty Bell, the dimensions and tone of which identical to those of the original, was presented to the people of West Virginia, by direction of the Honorable John W. Snyder, Secretary of the Treasury. From May 15 to July 4, 1950, the bell was taken to each part of the state to celebrate the drive, and subsequently placed in front of the Charleston Capitol Building.
In the 23rd century, American artifact collector Abraham Washington noted that he ran into an individual who claimed he had a fragment of the real Liberty Bell. Washington was incredulous, believing it was still intact and in the ruins of Philadelphia. He began funding an expedition in hopes of bringing it back to be displayed at the Capitol Preservation Society.