Steamtown National Historic Site will help culminate the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with a “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing event at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, a half-century to the minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. The bell-ringing event will take place near the site’s 1903 Illinois Central #790 display locomotive on the Turntable Plaza. The event is included in the Park’s daily Entrance Fee which is $7.00 daily for all, ages 6 and older; children ages 5 and younger are admitted free with paying adults.
“We are calling on people across America and throughout the world to join with us as we pause to mark the 50th anniversary of my father’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech with ‘Let Freedom Ring’ bell-ringing events and programs that affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations,” said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. “My father concluded his great speech with a call to ‘Let freedom ring,’ and that is a challenge we will meet with a magnificent display of brotherhood and sisterhood in symbolic bell-ringing at places of worship, schools and other venues where bells are available from coast to coast and continent to continent.” More event information is available at http://officialmlkdream50.com/.
Located in downtown Scranton, Pa., Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the brown and white signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues (GPS: N 41.41, W 75.67). Additional general park information is available by phoning (570) 340-5200 during regular business hours, or by visiting the Park website at www.nps.gov/stea anytime!