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New statue of North Carolina reverend unveiled at National Statuary Hall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 7-foot-tall bronze statue of the late Reverend Billy Graham was unveiled Thursday at the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

Graham was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, preaching to more than 200 million people worldwide before he died in 2018 at age 99.

At the unveiling, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper praised Graham’s commitment to supporting elected leaders, including more than a dozen presidents.

“Reverend Billy Graham […] recognized that the responsibility of public servants such as us, and especially that of the President of the United States, was so immense and whoever was in that office deserved a presumption of good faith, the power of prayer, the gift of His wisdom, friendship and advice,” said Governor Cooper.

“My father would be a little uncomfortable with this being here. Because he would want the focus to be on the one that he preached,” said Franklin Graham, Reverend Billy Graham’s son. “He would want the focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”

Still, Franklin noted that the Graham family is honored by the statue.

“Our family is honored that our earthly father will be here in this Capitol pointing to future generations to our heavenly Father,” said Franklin.

The statue is one of two commissioned for the National Statuary Hall to represent North Carolina. The other is a likeness of Civil War-era governor Zebulon Vance, a Confederate military officer and U.S. Senator.

Graham’s statue replaces one of Charles Aycock, Governor of North Carolina from 1893 to 1897. While Aycock was known as an advocate for education, his legacy is complicated by his ties to white supremacy.

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