Billy Graham could be immortalized inside US Capitol

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House has decided it wants the Rev. Billy Graham honored with a statue on Capitol Hill.

The chamber voted Thursday on a bill officially asking a congressional committee to approve the likeness of the Charlotte-born evangelist inside the US Capitol. It would replace the statue of former Gov. Charles Aycock, whose legacy has been diminished recently by ties to North Carolina’s white supremacy movement.

The 96-year-old Graham has been routinely near the top of national popularity lists.

The measure received 28 “no” votes, all by Democrats. Several were unhappy with the parliamentary process that brought the bill to the floor without committee debate. A proposed amendment to give civil rights attorney Julius Chambers the honor instead of Graham was ruled out of order by Speaker Tim Moore.

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