Add Your Name to the Freedom Seekers Bell

Sponsorship Level: $1,000 (x100)

The largest bell in the carillon, weighing 2,072 lbs. and tuned to F for ‘freedom,’ will be dedicated to all freedom seekers – those men and women who took control of their own destiny by leaving their enslaver. Some of the most enigmatic and brave freedom seekers, like Dred Scott and Ellen Craft, gave the abolitionist movement tangible, first-hand accounts of the evils of slavery and helped inspire others to take up the abolitionist cause.

Add your name to the Freedom Seekers Bell
 
Image: A group of freedom seekers, labeled “contrabands” in this May 14, 1862, photograph, gather at a house in Cumberland Landing, Virginia. Contraband was a term widely used in the U.S. military during the Civil War to describe people who escaped enslavement or who affiliated with Union forces. Courtesy: Library of Congress.

Explore the benefits of sponsorship.

This $1,000 sponsorship level (up to 100 opportunities available) helps fund the casting and installation of the largest bell in the carillon dedicated to all freedom seekers. Your sponsorship comes with these perks and benefits from the National Bell Festival:

  • Your name or company cast in bronze together with other sponsors on the Freedom Seekers Bell. Order and placement on the bell will be determined alphabetically by last name of donor.
  • Your name or company listed in the National Bell Festival guide for one year.
  • Access to the “meet the bells” reception before installation in the tower.

The Freedom Seekers Bell will be cast by Royal Eijsbouts out of the Netherlands, founders of some of the finest carillon bells in the world.

Add your name to the Freedom Seekers Bell

Image: A community-sponsored bell encircled with the names of donors sits within the Peace Carillon at the Church of Our Lady in Aarschot, Belgium.