Billy Graham Statue to Be Unveiled in U.S. Capitol: He ‘Provided Hope’ to Millions

Six years after the famous evangelist’s death, a statue of Billy Graham will be unveiled at the Capitol next week as part of a ceremony and honor bestowed on a small number of Americans.

Each state is authorized to install two statues as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection at the Capitol, and in 2015 the North Carolina State Legislature commemorated Charles, a former governor known for his white supremacist views. It was resolved to replace the statue of Brantley Aycock with a new one. Graham’s.

Mr. Graham, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 99, served as an evangelist for nearly 60 years, reaching more than 215 million people in about 185 countries around the world.

Other statues in the collection include George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Amelia Earhart, and Helen Keller.

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and son of Billy Graham, said, “This is a great honor and my father would be humbled and grateful.” Told. “At the same time, he wanted the attention not to be focused on himself but on the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The statue’s pedestal contains two poems: John 3:16 and John 14:6. The statue is 7 feet tall.

It was sculpted by Charlotte-based artist Chas Fagan and “depicts Mr. Graham pointing to an open Bible,” according to a news release from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The announcement will be made in a private ceremony at the Capitol on May 16th, with remarks from Franklin Graham and Speaker of the House Mike Johnson, and music by Michael W. Smith.

Lawmakers in North Carolina and nationally led efforts to install a statue of Graham at the Capitol.

“Rev. Billy Graham’s legacy is built on his simple message of forgiveness: John 3:16” said Sen. Ted Budd (North Carolina). “His lifelong commitment to evangelism, the civil rights movement, his opposition to communism, and his spiritual leadership gave hope to hundreds of millions of people.His portrait will forever hang in the U.S. Capitol. It should be left behind.”

National Statuary Hall dates back to the mid-1800s. It dates back to 1864, when Congress passed a law authorizing the president to “provide and require each state to furnish not more than two marble or bronze statues of the deceased to each state.” A person known for “historical fame or notable public service or military accomplishments.”The statue was originally placed only in National Statuary Hall, a large circular room inside the Capitol, but its size outgrew the room, and in 1933 Congress decided to “for aesthetic and structural reasons… approved the display of statues throughout the building, according to the hall description. Website.

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