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Fri, Jun 07

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Philadelphia

Toll the Bell: A Cry for Peace

In partnership with the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelpia, a city-wide sound installation of simultaneous and sustained bell ringing and other sound making that honors the victims of gun violence and raises awareness for those working to have a positive impact in our city.

Toll the Bell: A Cry for Peace
Toll the Bell: A Cry for Peace

Time & Location

Jun 07, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Philadelphia, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

About the event

The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia is proud to partner with Penn Live Arts (PLA) for Toll the Bell on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Friday, June 7, 2024. This city-wide sound installation concludes Penn Live Arts’ year-long focus on the gun violence epidemic affecting our city and the country as a whole.

Toll the Bell is one of the biggest national sound installations in support of gun violence awareness. This large, coordinated community initiative features over 50 partners that include faith-based sites and community impact organizations. Toll the Bell serves as a warning and a sonic device to disrupt the environment for Philadelphians, inviting them to stop and reflect on this tragic issue. Bells and other sounds will be heard from West Philly to Old City and beyond, with over 35 sound partners participating.

A vigil service will take place at 12:30 pm at the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut Street), with various speakers including members of the RLC. This service will honor Philadelphians who lost their lives this past year to gun violence. Following, those in attendance will walk together to the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (19 S 38th Street) shortly after 1:00 pm.

At 1:00 pm, there will be a prolonged period of bell ringing and other community-driven sound-making across the city and beyond. Penn Live Arts has identified specific anchor sites that will be open to the general public for listening and other means of reflection during this city-wide installation:

Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (19 S 38th Street) in West Philly, which will have an exhibition of the Souls Shot Portrait Project and offer advocacy letter writing, Mt. Tabor AME Church (961 N 7th Street) in North Philly, and Arch Street Meeting House (320 Arch Street) and Christ Church (20 N American Street) in Old City. 

Twenty more sites – including Interfaith Philadelphia's RLC, Church of the Holy Trinity, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and Temple University Lenfest Circle – will participate in sound-making and reflection. 

A full list of confirmed sound-making and reflection sites is below and a map of these locations can be found here.

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