Independence NHP, Edgar Allan Poe NHS & Thaddeus Kosciuszko NM
In our latest "At Home" video, National Park Service Ranger David Powers talks about the history of the Liberty Bell during the British Occupation of Philadelphia. As part of the British's divide and conquer strategy, General William Howe hoped to capture either on of America's icons, either General George Washington, or the Continental Congress. In anticipation of the British advance into Philadelphia, many items that would be useful in supplying the British Army had been collected and hidden, or removed from the City. This included lienens and other precious metals. The Liberty Bell, though not the icon it is today, was removed and hidden in the Zion's "Liberty Bell" UCC Church basement in Allentown, PA. What do you think it would be like living in Philadelphia at that time?
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