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Bill approved to put Billy Graham statue in U.S. Capitol

With son Franklin Graham at his side, Charlotte native, Rev. Billy Graham, returns to his hometown to dedicate the new headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in this 2005 file photo.
With son Franklin Graham at his side, Charlotte native, Rev. Billy Graham, returns to his hometown to dedicate the new headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in this 2005 file photo. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Replacing one of North Carolina’s two statues in the U.S. Capitol with a likeness of evangelist Billy Graham won unanimous approval in the state Senate on Thursday.

House Bill 540 now goes to the governor for his signature.

A statute of Graham would replace that of former Gov. Charles Aycock, whose legacy has come under fire recently for his white supremacist views. He served in the office from 1901 to 1905.

Each state is permitted two statues in the Capitol, and North Carolina’s other one is Zebulon Vance, who was also a former governor, U.S. senator and onetime Confederate officer.

On a related note, the House approved a resolution petitioning the U.S. Postal Service to authorize a commemorative stamp for Graham.

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