The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., is an ongoing extension of his ministry, delivering the message of hope he faithfully proclaimed for more than six decades, to new generations.
The Billy Graham Library is built to resemble a large barn symbolic of Graham’s formative years as the son of a dairy farmer. The 40,000-square-foot facility houses six exhibits, four galleries of memorabilia from around the world, and two theaters, which cover Graham’s lifetime of service and the far-reaching ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association today.
The highlight of the Library is The Journey of Faith, a free tour that features film presentations and exhibits covering key events and developments in Billy Graham’s life. Visitors can explore his 1949 Crusade in Los Angeles; his pioneering use of radio, television, and motion pictures to share God’s hope; his relationships with numerous American presidents; his bold preaching behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War; and much more. The Library also includes thousands of books from Graham’s private collection and a prayer room. While at the Library, guests can enjoy lunch at the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar and shop in Ruth’s Attic bookstore.
Graham’s Home and Memorial Garden
Built by his father in the 1920s and originally located just a few miles away, Billy Graham’s childhood home was relocated and reconstructed next to the Library. The interior features some of the home’s original décor, authentic appliances, and furniture, plus memorabilia from the Graham family. Visitors can also visit the memorial prayer garden, where Billy Graham’s wife of nearly 64 years, Ruth Bell Graham, is laid to rest. Also buried there are Gospel music legend and longtime Crusade soloist George Beverly Shea, longtime music and program director for the BGEA Cliff Barrows, and early Crusade pianist Billie Barrows.
The Library hosts numerous special events each year, drawing diverse audiences from across the nation and around the world. Book signings have featured former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush; Olympic star and World War II hero Louis Zamperini; former second baseman for the New York Yankees and 1960 World Series MVP, Bobby Richardson; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin; Phil and Kay Robertson from AE’s Duck Dynasty; and many other notable Christian authors. The Library also hosted a taping of a Gaither Homecoming, which showcased more than 140 of Gospel music’s leading artists.
Since it opened in 2007, more than 1.1 million people have visited the Library.