Check out this great time lapse video of the Mexican Liberty Bell moving into its new home! While on the crane, the bell was weighed and came in at 15,000 pounds. The bell is an important part of the history of the park and will be the central feature of the improved 19th Street Plaza. Curious to know more about its history? Read an excerpt from the Dolores Park Historic Resource Evaluation below.
“In 1966, a replica of the “Mexican Liberty Bell” was installed in the park. Prior to installation of the bell, Adolfo G. Dominguez, Consul General of Mexico, presented the historical background of the Liberty Bell offered to the city, stating, “It was a replica of the bell which had been rung by Father Miguel Hidalgo on the morning of September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores when the Mexican people were seeking their independence from Spain.” The bell was unveiled on 16 September 1966 and was presented by Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, president of the United Mexican States.”