ST. LOUIS (KMOX/CBS) – The largest bell in Missouri tolled for Nelson Mandela Thursday night.

The 5,732 pound bell atop Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis tolled 95 times, one for each of the South African leader’s years on Earth, beginning at 5 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman said his church’s mission is reconciliation and there has been no greater icon of reconciliation in the last century than Mandela.

“We mourn his death today, but his legacy will continue to inspire us as we work together to overcome our own deep divisions of race and class here in our own nation and city,” Kinman said in a news release.

“Our bell will toll not just to remember a great man, but to remind us that we must pick up where he left off working to end oppression and come together for the common good.”

Mandela died at his home in South Africa Thursday after several months of declining health.

South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death in an address to the nation, saying “we’ve lost our greatest son.”


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