Nation commemorates 150th anniversary of Civil War with ringing bells

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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Bells rang across the country as a way to celebrate the end of slavery and pay tribute to the lives lost.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church was just one of many churches, businesses, and schools that participated in the commemoration event as bells rang across the country at 2:15 p.m.

The Chicago Tribune Opinion/Commentary by Edward M. Burke noted this:

“It is wholly fitting that as we mark the 150th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities that brought an end to slavery, we should ask all citizens to ring the bell of freedom so that we can reaffirm our nation’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of fairness, equality and opportunity under the law for all people.”

As of last week, 36 states—including the capitals of California, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia—planned to take part in Bells Across the Land, according to

Below, is a collage of photos that show the bells at St. Luke’s before they were installed in the 1950s.


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