The liberty bell from the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Obama to Ring Historic Bell at Opening of African American Museum

On September 24, President Barack Obama will inaugurate the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, which was designed by architect David Adjaye, by ringing a five-hundred-pound bell from a Virginia church that was founded by slaves and free blacks in 1776, Graham Bowley of the New York Times reports.

The historic bell will travel to the museum from the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia—one of the oldest African American churches in the country.

After Obama rings the bell at the start of the museum’s opening ceremony, members of an African American family that lived in America for four generations will ring it again at the closing of the ceremony.