Save our Liberty Bell!

Save our Historic Meneely Church Bell!

May 26 Kicks off our Summer Season — from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day we offer a Liberty or Death Reenactment EVERY SUNDAY. It’s our favorite time of year as thousands of people from all over Virginia, the United States, and the world, come to witness the remarkable portrayal of Patrick Henry’s liberty or death speech inside the place it actually happened, Historic St. John’s Church, still standing since 1741.

Since 2016 our bell has been slowing down, and now it is silent.

Our bell needs structural repair; it cannot be rung safely.

State President of the Virginia Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR)

State President of the Virginia Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR)

Fortunately we have an amazing young lady on our side: Miss Madeline Herring, the current State President of the Virginia Society of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR). CAR is the oldest patriotic youth organization in the nation. Madeline’s State Project theme is “The Roar of the Revolution, a play on Patrick Henry’s nickname, “The Voice of the American Revolution.” and her goal is to raise $10,000 toward the restoration of the bell.

What do we need to do?

  • replace the bell wheel

  • replace the badly rusted headpiece assembly and crown bolts

  • service and lubricate the gummed up bell yoke pins and pillow blocks

  • replace the rusted and clapper pin and missing bell clapper spring

How much will it cost?

$15,000 in total. The repair work will cost $13,690. Our Preservation Director will oversee the project at a cost of $1,310 to cover wages.

How can I give?

The easiest way to give is go to our secure DONATE page and make an online contribution. BE sure to select “Meneely Bell Restoration Project” when asked what you would like to support.

You can also mail a check to:

St. John’s Church Foundation / 2319 E. Broad Street / Richmond, VA 23223

For questions about this project, or to see how you can help, please call our Executive Director Sarah Whiting at 804-643-0263. or contact her by CLICKING HERE.

Let Freedom Ring!

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