Sponsor the Frederick Douglass Bell

Matching Sponsor: $250,000

Cast your name in bronze opposite one of the most prominent abolitionists from America’s history: Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass bell will be the largest bell in the carillon dedicated to an abolitionist – weighing almost 1,400 lbs. and tuned to the note of G.

To sponsor this bell, please contact the National Bell Festival.

Cover image: Frederick Douglass in his later years. Courtesy: Holt-Messer Collection, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Explore the benefits of sponsorship.

The $250,000 ‘Matching Sponsor’ level funds the casting and installation of the Frederick Douglass bell and comes with these perks and benefits from the National Bell Festival:

  • Your name or company cast in bronze on the back of the Frederick Douglass bell, the carillon’s largest abolitionist bell.
  • Your name or company included in a prominent byline accompanying all fundraising campaign publicity, along with one full-page ad on the inside cover and on the back cover of the National Bell Festival guide for two years.
  • Branding of a dedicated matching fundraising appeal during bell tower construction.
  • Private reception and performance for up to 60 guests before the carillon is opened to the public.
  • Invitation to the foundry to see the bells being cast and a private hardhat tour of the bell tower construction site.
  • Early access with up to seven guests to the “meet the bells” reception before installation in the tower.
  • VIP invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Reserved premium seating at the first public carillon recital and recognition from the podium.
  • Dedicated email blast, press release, and article on Bells.org with social sharing.

The Frederick Douglass bell will be cast by Royal Eijsbouts out of the Netherlands, founders of some of the finest carillon bells in the world.

Image: Detail of a new bell for the Saint-Malo Cathedral in Brittany, France, with the name of Archbishop Pierre Paul Oscar d'Ornellas cast in bronze on the bell’s surface.