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Billy Graham exhibit to open at the NC history museum

Posted November 5, 2015
Updated November 6, 2015

— People around the world know the name Billy Graham, but now his story will be featured in a new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

The free exhibit, “North Carolina’s Favorite Son: Billy Graham and His Remarkable Journey of Faith,” opens Friday. Developed and produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the exhibit will be on view through July 10, 2016. The exhibit is privately funded.

"If my father were here, he would say, 'Too much Billy Graham,'" said Franklin Graham, Graham's son.

The elder Graham, who will celebrate his 97th birthday on Saturday, no longer travels from his home in Montreat.

Franklin Graham made a visit to the exhibit Thursday to mark its opening. He said he hopes the exhibit will show "that God could pick and touch somebody like that and use them to go around the world and preach the Gospel."

In the 5,000-square-foot exhibit, visitors will discover how a Charlotte dairy farmer’s son became a worldwide ambassador of the Gospel.

Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association described one of Graham’s crusades as a spiritual environment.

"Sometimes it felt like a second wind blowing through the stadium," he said, adding that Graham might wince at the immenseness of the display. "But for his own state to say that the life God led him in is important to the state, that is important to (Graham)."

Highlights of the exhibit will include:

● Graham’s early life and ministry, along with facts about his favorite things in North Carolina
● A look at each of Graham’s 12 North Carolina crusades and other evangelistic outreaches
● Memorabilia, including these never-before-exhibited items:
- the American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol Building in honor of Ruth and Billy Graham’s 50th wedding anniversary
- the miniature dictation machine Graham used in sermon preparation
- a brick from Harringay Arena, site of the 1954 London Crusade
- the tuxedo Graham wore when he was knighted at the British Embassy in 2001

"I think this is a very important part of North Carolina's history," said Franklin Graham.

The North Carolina Museum of History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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  • John Snow Nov 5, 2015
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    Does it have an actual bottle of snake oil on display?