When you leave a legacy as large as the one Rev. Billy Graham left when he passed away last week at the age of 99, it's not uncommon for people to want to immortalize you for future generations. And that's exactly what the state of North Carolina is now doing for America's Pastor.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) wrote a letter to the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress requesting to replace an existing statue in U.S. Capitol building with one of Graham.
“I ask the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to approve the State of North Carolina’s request to replace the statue of Governor Charles B. Aycock in the Statuary Hall Section, and to provide a new statue of the late Reverend William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,” Cooper wrote, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Every state is allowed two statues inside the U.S. Capitol building. However, both statues have to commemorate people who have already passed away.
The Raleigh News & Observer also reported:
The 10-step process ends with selecting a permanent location for the new statue, which must meet strict weight, size, material and other requirements. The statues are placed in a number of areas in the Capitol, including National Statuary Hall, the Rotunda, the second-floor corridors of the House and Senate, the Crypt and the Capitol Visitors Center.
Aycock, a Democratic governor from 1901 to 1905, was known as the “education governor. A segregationist and white supremacist, Aycock used poll taxes, literacy tests and the grandfather clause to keep blacks from voting. He believed in an “unending separation of the races.”
Not sure why you would want a statue of Aycock representing your state in the U.S. Capitol, but different times, I guess. N.C. couldn’t have picked a better replacement to represent the Tar Heel state.
Graham was laid to rest on Friday.
H/T: Fox News