“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
The Fan District in Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Memorial Bell Tower

Memorial Bell Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., March 30, 2013
1. Memorial Bell Tower Marker
To the Glory of God and in Memory of
James Thomas, Jr.
This Bell Tower is the gift of Mrs. Laura Thomas Rutherford who has presented this memorial to her father, as a tribute to his love for and loyalty to the First Baptist Church, of which he was for many years a faithful friend and active member. The bell was formerly in the steeple of the old church at 12th and Broad Streets. On Sunday, April 6th, 1862, by resolution unanimously adopted by the church membership, it was offered to the Confederate Government to be moulded into cannon, if so needed. To save the bell, through arrangement made with the Confederate Secretary of War, Mr. Thomas gave for it a stated sum in gold coin, and through the years it has rung, as it rings today.
"Peace on Earth - Good Will to Men"

Erected 1929 by Mrs. Laura Thomas Rutherford.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Historic Bells series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 6, 1862.
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37° 33.591′ N, 77° 28.244′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. It is in The Fan District. Marker is on Monument Avenue, 0.1 miles North Mulberry Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2709 Monument Ave,, Richmond VA 23220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Boulevard Historic District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 509 North Mulberry Street (about 600 feet away); Virginia Historical Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson Davis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Broad Street Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Robinson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rumors of War (approx. 0.3 miles away); RF&P Kitchen Car 20 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Memorial Bell Tower and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., March 30, 2013
2. Memorial Bell Tower and Marker
Memorial Bell and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., March 30, 2013
3. Memorial Bell and Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 3, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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