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Help us Restore the International Friendship Bell

The International Friendship Bell, 8,000 pounds of bronze cast with images that symbolize the peace and friendship shared by Japan and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We are embarking on an adventure to build a new structure for this massive landmark. The vision is to house the International Friendship Bell in a Peace Pavilion. This new design will bring a larger plaza around the bell and pavilion, making it a site for gathering, thoughtful reflection, and observing the bronze work of art. Read More

"The Friendship Bell is Oak Ridge"

The International Friendship Bell is a thing of beauty with a tremendously pleasant sound. The large sense of presence it exhibits when one stands by it is impressive to say the least. When you have experienced the Oak Ridge International Friendship Bell, you will remember it somberly, yet it has a brightness of life that sticks with you after you leave as well. It recognizes the awful nature of war, yet stresses the value of peace! The Bell is Oak Ridge! Our symbol of Peace, our symbol of a future being created by the ever increasing scientific and technological advances that benefit the world!

- Ray Smith, Friendship Bell Historian

Minimum of $50,000
Global Ambassadors
$25,000 to $49,999
Partners in Peace
$10,000 to $24,999
Landmark Donors
$5,000 to $9,999
Community Builders
$2,500 to $4,999
Champions of the Bell
$1,000 to $2,499
Friends of the Bell
$500 to $999
Peace Makers
Below $500

Upcoming Events

The dedication of the new Peace Pavilion for the International Friendship Bell is tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Bissell Park.