Billy Graham statue to replace Aycock statue at US Capitol

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(Nell Redmond)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. House agreed — after much debate — that a statue of the Rev. Billy Graham should be placed in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

If the N.C. Senate agrees, a figure of Graham will replace a statue of former Gov. Charles Brantley Aycock that has been there since 1932.

Legislators praised Graham’s work and guidance to the faithful, including U.S. presidents. Some Democratic legislators pushed back, arguing that the General Assembly should have taken more time to consider other candidates for the post in Statuary Hall before choosing Graham.

But ultimately the Graham statue got the go-ahead.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record