Billy Graham statue.

Billy Graham Statue

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Ridgecrest, North Carolina

Unveiled in December 2006, when Billy was 88, this bronze statue was created by Wyoming pastor Terrell O'Brien and originally stood on the Nashville campus of LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

It depicts a much-younger-than-88 Graham, in a three-piece suit (To experience an even younger Graham, you can visit the street corner where he began.) Bronze Graham is of Goliath-like proportions, standing 9 feet, 4 inches tall, with outstretched arms and a Bible in one hand, in front of a 17-foot-tall cross. At the foot of the cross are three nails and a stone inscribed with the favorite born-again shorthand, "John 3:16."

In 2016 LifeWay sold its Nashville property and moved the statue clear out of state to its Conference Center, which is only a few miles from Graham's home in North Carolina.

Billy Graham Statue

1 Ridgecrest Drive, Ridgecrest, NC
On the grounds of the Ridgecrest Conference Center. I-40 exit 66. Turn north, then turn right at the stop sign onto Old Hwy 70 E. Drive a half-mile, paralleling the interstate. Turn left onto Ridgecrest Drive.
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