• The Justice Bell, sometimes known as the Women’s Liberty Bell, was cast on March 31, 1915 by the Meneely Bell Company in Troy, NY at a cost of $1,200.00. The Bell weighs close to 2,000 lbs.
  • At first glance, the Justice Bell may look like a bronze replica of the Liberty Bell. However there are some differences.
    • The inscription “Establish Justice” was added with six stars on each side of the wording.
    • Underneath that inscription the words “secure the blessings of liberty” were added.
    • One additional star was added on the bottom for a total of 13 stars representing the 13 colonies.
    • It reflects the name of the Meneely Bell Company instead of Pass & Stowe.
    • The clapper is chained to symbolize the silencing of women’s political voice
  • The Justice Bell was the idea of Katherine Wentworth Ruschenberger (KWR) of Strafford, Chester County, PA for the purpose of the women’s suffrage movement. Ruschenberger was active in the National American Women’s Suffrage Association, National Women’s Suffrage Party and League of Women Voters. Katherine lived from 1853 to 1943.
  • The Bell was given to Washington Memorial Chapel in 1943 in accordance with the wishes and will of KWR and is currently held in trust by the Vestry of Washington Memorial Chapel.


The Justice Bell 2020 event planning for August 25-26, 2020 will be gearing up for our l year launch in August of this year.  This initiative is enabling awareness of the Washington Memorial Chapel and its artifacts and provides an opportunity to educate our community on the history of the Bell and its purpose.

Although there will be many celebrations throughout 2020 by various organizations promoting Justice Bell replicas,  we at the Chapel are proud to say we have the distinct honor of having the one and only original!  As we draw closer to next year we anticipate this piece of history will attract visitors, promote good will for our mission and enable others outside of our immediate sphere to learn more about our beautiful campus.

For more information on The Justice Bell you may contact:

Maria P. Bomersbach, President


Washington Memorial Chapel