The Liberty Bell once hung in the tower of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It cracked the first time it was rung in 1752. Although it has come to symbolize the events of July 4, 1776, historians debate whether it actually rang that day. In 1893, President Harrison joked the bell was made in England but had to be recast in America before it could proclaim our right of self-government. Even after several recastings, it cracked again around 1846. The inscription “Liberty” has become associated with American freedom. However, the word actually came from an abolitionist effort to free slaves in 1835.