Justice Bell Quick Facts
The original Liberty Bell announced the creation of democracy ...
The Women’s Liberty Bell will announce the completion of democracy.
~Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger
Manufactured: Meneely Bell Company, Troy, New York
When: March 31, 1915
Why: To call attention to the cause of women’s suffrage
Weight: One ton, or two thousand pounds
Motto: Establish Justice
Travel: Through all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, and to Chicago and Washington, D. C.
First rung: September 25, 1920 in Philadelphia's Independence Square at a celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment
Owner: Pennsylvania suffragist Katharine Wentworth Ruschenberger owned it until 1943 when she deeded it to the Washington Memorial Chapel
Where it is now: In 2020, as the Justice Bell was being transported from the Washington Memorial Chapel to Independence Square in Philadelphia for an event to honor the 19th Amendment, it fell off the truck and was damaged.
The Justice Bell was finally returned to the Washington Memorial Chapel in early August 2023. Learn about where the Bell had been for three years from August 2020 until August 2023, and what happened in the accident: Update