The Saving of the Liberty Bell
from the British, September 1777
Erected to the memory of
John Jacob Mickley
Commissary of Issues, and member of the General
Committee from Whitehall Township
Northampton County, Pennsylvania
who, under cover of darkness, and with his farm team,
hauled the Liberty Bell from Independence Hall,
Philadelphia, through the British lines to Bethlehem,
where the wagon broke down, September 23, 1777.
The bell was then transferred to Frederick Leiser's
wagon, and brought to Allentown, September 24, 1777.
It was placed beneath the floor of Zion's Reformed
Church, where it remained secreted for nearly a year.
This tablet is placed by the order of the Assembly of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, June 2, 1907, under the
auspices of the Pennsylvania Daughters of the American
Revolution, erected October 15, 1908.
Mrs. Alfred G. Saeger Chairman
Miss Minnie F. Mickley Secretary
of the John Jacob Mickley Memorial
Appointed by Mrs. Allen P. Pearley, State Regent of Pennsylvania
Erected 1908 by Pennsylvania Daughters of the American Revolution and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Man-Made Features • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Historic Bells 🔔 series lists.
Location. 40° 36.147′ N, 75° 28.223′ W. Marker is in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in Lehigh County. Marker is at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling east on Hamilton Street. Marker is near the Zion's Reformed Church entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 622 Hamilton Street, Allentown PA 18101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zion Church Military Hospital (here, next to this marker); Zion's Reformed Church (a few steps from this marker); Zollinger-Harned Department Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Keenan House (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 400 feet away, measured Soldiers and Sailors Monument (about 400 feet away); In Honor of Those Who Served (about 600 feet away); Spanish American War Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allentown.
Also see . . .
1. Liberty Bell Museum at Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Liberty Bell Museum at Facebook. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. New Liberty Bell map traces trip to Allentown (The Morning Call, 2003). (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Allentown’s Liberty Bell: Its History and Preservation. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.