New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bell of Hope
Accompanied by an honor guard of British police guards, the “Bell of Hope” was presented to the people of New York by the Lord Mayor of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury on September 11, 2002.
The Bell of Hope was created by England’s renowned Whitechapel Foundry, which also cast the Liberty Bell and London’s Big Ben. The bell’s pedestal base was built locally from eastern brownstone – one of the most recognizable and enduring materials used in the construction of New York City buildings. Inlaid on top of the pedestal, directly beneath the bell, is a brass footprint of the World Trade Center Towers.
The bell is rung every September 11, and was rung on March 11, 2004, when trains were bombed in Madrid, Spain and on July 7, 2005, after the London subway and bus attacks. The ringing of the bell symbolizes the triumph of hope over tragedy. It is rung to commemorate significant national and international events and to honor the achievements of all peacemakers who strive, in ways big and small, to work for reconciliation around the world.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: 9/11 AttacksCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1839.
Location. Marker has been permanently removed. It was located near 40° 42.686′ N, 74° 0.571′ W. Marker was in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker could be reached from Vesey Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in the churchyard behind St. Paul's Chapel. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: New York NY 10007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Bell of Hope (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Bell of Hope (here, next to this marker); John Holt (here, next to this marker); The Churchyard (here, next to this marker); 100 Year-Old Sycamore (a few steps from this marker); The Building (a few steps from this marker); St. Paul’s and the World Trade Center (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Col. E.M. Bechet, Sieur de Rochefontaine (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. Three photos of different people around the Bell of Hope appear on the right side of the marker. The captions are as follows: “Interfaith leaders gathered on September 11, 2006 to ring the bell on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”; “World renowned animal rights and peace activist, Dr. Jane Goodall rang the bell on U.N. International Peace Day, September 21, 2004.”; and “The Rev. Canon Anne Mallonee, Vicar of Trinity Church, rang the bell on July 7, 2005, the day of the London subway and bus attacks.”
Also see . . . Bell symbolises hope after terror. (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,780 times since then and 277 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week September 11, 2016. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany. 5. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on June 15, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany. 8. submitted on February 3, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.