Sponsor the ‘Ring of Allies’ Peal Bells

Peal Bells Sponsor: $350,000

Cast your name in bronze opposite 12 figures from America’s history. The ‘Ring of Allies’ will comprise 12 bronze peal bells arranged concentrically for change ringing in the Emancipation Bells west tower.

Cover image: Ring of peal bells at Washington National Cathedral. Courtesy: Washington National Cathedral.

Honor abolitionists and those who worked against slavery.

Our Emancipation Bells Campaign Cabinet, with input from historian contributors and abolitionist scholars, selected 12 abolitionists and allies from across hundreds of years of antislavery campaigning. 

These 12 allies represent the diverse and complex views of non-Black abolitionists working prior to January 1, 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. These figures complement the 51 Black abolitionists honored on carillon bells in the east tower.

The ‘Ring of Allies’ includes:

  • William Lloyd Garrison, one of the most prominent American abolitionists, journalists, suffragists, and social reformers.
  • Lydia Maria Child, a widely-read novelist and journalist who campaigned for abolition, women's rights, and Native American rights. 
  • Sarah Grimké and Angelina Grimké (sisters), who were the first nationally-known white American women abolitionists.
  • The People of Oberlin, Ohio, a major nexus of the U.S. abolitionist movement that was conceived as an integrated community and which rose up in defense of freedom seekers. 
  • Theodore Dwight Weld, one of the architects of the American abolitionist movement during its formative years. 
  • Mary Grew, a leader of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society.
  • John Brown, who gained notoriety for his radical approach to abolitionism and the failed incitement of a slave rebellion at Harpers Ferry.
  • Ottawa Chief Kinjeino, who offered freedom seekers nourishment, hospitality, and safe passage through the Ohio wilderness.
  • Benjamin Lay, a Quaker humanitarian and early abolitionist best known for his strident and dramatic antislavery protests.
  • Karl Daniel Adolph Douai, the German-American newspaper editor who used his press to distribute dual-language abolitionist materials.
  • Gerrit Smith, a leading American social reformer, abolitionist, businessman, public intellectual, and philanthropist.
  • Abby Kelley Foster, who pioneered the antislavery field for women and fueled the women’s rights movement.

Your sponsorship will keep both the voices of these abolitionists and the spirit of freedom alive and ringing.

Image: A photograph of the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Antislavery Society, 1851. Standing, from left to right, are Mary Grew, E. M. Davis, Haworth Wetherald, Abby Kimber, J. Miller McKim, and Sarah Pugh. Seated, from left to right, are Oliver Johnson, Mrs. Margaret James Burleigh, Benjamin C. Bacon, Robert Purvis, Lucretia Mott, and James Mott.

Explore the benefits of sponsorship.

The $350,000 'Ring of Allies' sponsorship level funds the casting and installation of all 12 swinging peal bells and comes with these perks and benefits from the National Bell Festival:

  • Your name or company cast in bronze opposite the abolitionists on all 12 ‘Ring of Allies’ swinging peal bells.
  • Your name or company included in a prominent byline accompanying all fundraising campaign publicity.
  • Two full-page ads in the National Bell Festival guide for two years. 
  • Naming rights to the resident youth change ringing club at the tower, comprising students from area high schools.
  • Invitation to the foundry to see the bells being cast.
  • 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 Emancipation Bells ‘Ring of Allies’ will be cast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough, England – founders of some of the finest-sounding peal 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.