A statue of North Carolina’s favorite son Billy Graham, with a Bible in his hand, will be placed in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol as a result of a 2015 bill passed by the state’s General Assembly.
Statuary Hall contains two statues from each state. These statues honor men and women who made a lasting impact on people across the nation. In Mr. Graham’s case, the statue will honor the legacy of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Graham’s statue will be placed in a prominent location in the halls of Congress. Statuary Hall is one of the most visited parts of the Capitol, meaning that millions of people will see the statue every year, pointing generations of visitors to God’s truth.
The North Carolina Statuary Hall Selection Committee, formed by the General Assembly after Mr. Graham’s passing in February 2018, has chosen artist and sculptor Chas Fagan to create the statue. Fagan has sculpted many leaders and other famous persons. His Sculpture of former President Ronald Reagan currently resides in the Rotunda, and his paintings include the official White House portrait of First Lady Barbara Bush. The completion of a statue like this typically takes more than a year.
Mr. Graham’s statue will replace one of Charles Aycock, a North Carolina governor in the early 1900s.
Help Place Mr. Graham’s Statue in the Capitol
North Carolina’s General Assembly specified that the funds for the statue of Billy Graham be raised privately. All donations will be used to pay for the sculpture and its installation in Statuary Hall. Gifts made beyond this need will be used for maintenance and upkeep of the facilities, grounds and gravesite of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina.
To contribute to the Billy Graham Statuary Hall Fund, go to BillyGraham.org/statue.