Statue of Billy Graham unveiled at the US Capitol

WASHINGTON — For House Speaker Mike Johnson, last Thursday’s ceremony was more than just the unveiling of another bronze statue at the U.S. Capitol.It was much taller than the eight-foot statue of Billy Graham pointing to the open Word of God. This statue will be installed in the crypt, one level below the Rotunda, where every public tour of the U.S. Capitol begins.

“Millions of people will walk by and read John 14:6 and John 3:16,” Johnson said. “What a story to tell when we bring school children, college students and voters past, they will stop here. And at the foundation of the foundation, these two verses will be widely shared.

“I think this is the perfect place.”

Franklin GrahamPresident of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association:

Our family is honored that our earthly father will be here in this Capitol and will point future generations to our heavenly father.

Roy CooperGovernor of North Carolina:

Today, North Carolina gives the nation a symbol that represents one of our most treasured treasures: Rev. Billy Graham.

Thom TillisNorth Carolina Senator:

And it is North Carolina’s honor to call him our native son.

Patrick McHenryRepresentatives from North Carolina’s Tenth District:

And it is entirely fitting that he takes his place among the greatest Americans here in the hall of statues.

Mike JohnsonChairman of the House of Representatives:

Literally millions of people will walk by and read John 14:6 there and then walk around on the other side and see John 3:16 and they’ll see him there pointing to the open book.

Virginia FoxRepresentative from North Carolina’s Fifth District:

But seeing this image here every day encourages us to strive to become more like Pastor Graham and more like Christ.

Not that Pastor Graham was perfect. He would have been the first to tell us that. But he believed, like many of us, that salvation exists. And he gave his life to deliver that message.

Ted BuddNorth Carolina Senator:

So as we honor his memory today in the U.S. Capitol, let us never forget the Bible he preached, the souls that were saved, and the lives that were transformed.

About the Billy Graham Evangelical Society

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, founded by Billy Graham in 1950, shares the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. From its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the BGEA leads a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside Asheville, North Carolina;, an Internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the Internet. For more information, visit Receive news updates about X (formerly Twitter) at

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