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In the period before the Civil War, antislavery groups adopted the bell, with its message of freedom for all, as a symbol of their cause. In 1976 the bell was moved from Independence Hall to a nearby glass-walled pavilion erected for the bicentennial year. Plans call for it to move again to a new pavilion at 6th and Market Streets in July 2003. abundant inside and outside Monticello. Inside, visitors see dumbwaiters, disappearing beds, unusual ventilating and lighting contrivances, a duplicate-writing machine, folding doors, steep and narrow staircases hidden in closetlike alcoves (because Jefferson thought staircases were architecturally unattractive), the first swivel chair seen in the United States, and a seven-day clock that runs by weights and pulleys.

A dismantled sixty-four-gun ship, it was a living hell for the thousands of prisoners packed into its below-deck compartments. Several eyewitness accounts of life on the prison ships paint a picture of what Forten endured. Ebenezer Fox, one of Forten's shipmates, wrote in his memoirs after the war of conditions aboard the Old Jersey in 1781. She was dismantled; her only spars were the bowsprit, a derrick that looked like a gallows, for hoisting supplies on board, and a flagstaff at the stern. The port-holes were closed and secured....

Encountering two heavily gunned British frigates and a sloop, his gun crews outmatched the British. Poet Philip Freneau recorded that when the British challenged the Alliance to identify itself, Barry shouted out: "This is the United States ship Alliance, saucy Jack Barry, half Irishman, half Yankee. " MARBLEHEAD HISTORIC DISTRICT • 53 Life in a British Prison Ship The prison ship Old Jersey, where the young James Forten spent seven months, was anchored in Wallabout Bay, where the Brooklyn Navy Yard now stands.

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