WHAT: The World Peace Bell™ is the world’s largest swinging bell. It weighs 66,000 lbs., is 12 feet in diameter and 12 feet high. Its clapper alone weighs an amazing 6,878 pounds. The yoke in which it swings weighs an additional 26,000 pounds. This magnificent bell rings with a powerful, awe-inspiring, deep resonant tone that is truly a majestic symbol of freedom and peace.

WHY: With the heightened awareness that peace begins at home, and in our schools, the leaders of each city, as well as the people of each city, are invited to view the bell, to touch the bell and to ring the bell for peace. Everyone is also encouraged to record their thoughts on peace in the World Peace Books that will be kept with the World Peace Bell™ for as long it rings.

WHEN: July 2 thru August 1, 1999.

WHERE: River Cities along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

WHO: The Millennium Monument Company, Newport, Kentucky.

MADE: In Nantes, France, at Fonderie de l’Atlantique by Paccard Bell Foundry, a centuries-old family of bell-manufactures. Supervising contractor was the Verdin Bell Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

WHEN: On December 11, 1998, the bell was cast. The date coordinated with the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed in Paris in December of 1948. Eighteen months of design, planning and preparation preceded the casting, including the test casting of a 2,000 pound bell. On March 20, 1999, the bell was unveiled in Nantes, France in a public ceremony and rung for the first time. Its trip to the United States by ship began in April.

SUPPORT: Prominent officials and peace organizations attended the dedication and unveiling in France and have endorsed the bell’s mission. These included Governor Paul E. Patton, Commonwealth of Kentucky, officials from the French and United States governments, local and regional governments in France and the United States, the United Nations, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Additionally, the World Peace Bell™ is recognized in the Official White House Millennium Handbook.

GOAL: The World Peace Bell™ is a symbol of freedom and peace, honoring our past, celebrating our present and inspiring our future.