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Historic bell that survived fire taken to temporary home

June 16, 2021 GMT
Senior Minister Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis rings New York's Liberty Bell after a construction crew lowered it from Middle Collegiate Church's bell tower on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the East Village neighborhood of New York. The bell was discovered intact in the historic church after it was gutted by a six-alarm fire in December 2020. It will be displayed at the New York Historical Society while middlechurch.org/rising works on funding a campaign to rebuild the church and return the bell to it's place. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Senior Minister Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis rings New York's Liberty Bell after a construction crew lowered it from Middle Collegiate Church's bell tower on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the East Village neighborhood of New York. The bell was discovered intact in the historic church after it was gutted by a six-alarm fire in December 2020. It will be displayed at the New York Historical Society while middlechurch.org/rising works on funding a campaign to rebuild the church and return the bell to it's place. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Senior Minister Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis rings New York's Liberty Bell after a construction crew lowered it from Middle Collegiate Church's bell tower on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the East Village neighborhood of New York. The bell was discovered intact in the historic church after it was gutted by a six-alarm fire in December 2020. It will be displayed at the New York Historical Society while middlechurch.org/rising works on funding a campaign to rebuild the church and return the bell to it's place. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — A bell that rang at some of the most historic moments in American history was taken down and moved Wednesday from a belfry where it survived a blaze last year that gutted a New York City church.

New York’s Liberty Bell will be kept temporarily at the New-York Historical Society, displayed as part of an exhibition, according to leadership at Middle Collegiate Church.

The church was destroyed in December when a fire started in the building next to it and spread, sending flames shooting through its roof. The survival of the bell was gratifying news to the congregation, which has pledged to rebuild.

New York’s Liberty Bell has sounded for many milestone moments, such as marking the country’s founding in 1776 as well as presidential inaugurations.