I’ve been to the Billy Graham Library once, but I’ve never been inside. I was there on the day of its dedication, the same day Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush joined Billy Graham himself at the new facility. Here is a picture I took from that day almost a year ago.
My husband and I decided to drive up to Charlotte to see the library this weekend. We took the short road trip with his parents. It’s a beautiful place and I highly recommend visiting it. They even picked up and relocated Billy’s boyhood home onto the property. I recently wrote a story about the library’s one-year anniversary for a new Christian magazine called Daughter Sister Friend. It should be appearing in their first issue.
During his speech on the day of the library dedication, Billy Graham talked about how much he wished his wife could have been there, how much she deserved to be there. At that moment Billy Graham wasn’t a famous evangelist. He was a loving husband, longing for his wife.
Two weeks after the library’s dedication, Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth Bell Graham passed away. She had been ill for quite a while. She is now buried in the garden at the Billy Graham Library. Etched in her headstone are the words “End of Construction- thank you for your patience.”