Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The bell was mounted atop Wesleyan Hall after the school was donated to the state by the Methodist Church in 1873, at which time the school became State Normal College. The bell was used to call students to class, for ceremonial purposes, and other uses. Around 1910, the bell was removed from Wesleyan Hall and placed in storage. In 1951, the bell was discovered and unsuccessful efforts were made by alumni to display it on campus. During the summer of 2002, the 130-year-old Wesleyan Bell was rediscovered after having been in storage for over 90 years. Construction of the Smith Bell Tower began in March of 2003, and was completed during the summer of 2004. The Smith Bell Tower, present home of the Wesleyan Bell, was dedicated during a ceremony on September 17, 2004.
Erected 2004 by Alumni of UNA.
Topics. Churches & Religion • Education • Notable Buildings.
Location. 34° 48.542′ N, 87° 40.725′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on Wood Avenue near Cramer Way. Located in front of Wesleyan Bell next to Wesleyan Hall on the UNA campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wesleyan Hall 1855 (here, next to this marker); Florence State Teachers College (here, next to this marker); 1st Lt. Chadwick McFall Barber (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); World War I Memorial Trees (about 500 feet away); Major General George Washington Goethals' Home (about 600 feet away); George H. Carroll Lion Habitat (about 600 feet away); Locust Dell Academy (about 600 feet away); Coffee High School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 1,087 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.