July 30, 2009

Memphis Liberty Bell returns to city

The Memphis Liberty Bell, formerly in the city's defunct Libertyland amusement park, has been returned to the city following disagreements about ownership.

The 3,000-pound bell, which was moved to Tunica, Miss., after the annual Mid-South Fair, had been displayed at Libertyland until the park closed. The bell was moved from Memphis in anticipation of a new permanent location in Tunica, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Jim Rout, general manager of the Mid-South Fair, said an agreement was made with the Memphis Park Service to have the bell displayed at a location to be determined by the service.

Wherever it ends up, it should be available for all Memphians to view, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.