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Birthplace of Billy Graham

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Charlotte, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham, sometimes called "God's ambassador" by his fans, was born on a spot now marked by a large monument. In 1918 it was a white clapboard house on a dairy farm; now it's a parking lot in a Charlotte suburb.

President Richard Nixon, one of Billy's confidants and golf buddies, flew down to Charlotte just to dedicate the monument in 1971 on "Billy Graham Day." The large bronze plaque features a portrait of Billy's serious face and an extensive quote, signed by Nixon, which calls him "truly a man of God" and "one of the giants of our time." At the dedication, local papers reported that the Secret Service kept away any young men with long hair.

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Birthplace of Billy Graham


4601 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC
Drive south of the city on NC-3687/Kenilworth Ave./Park Rd for three miles. Turn left at the stoplight onto Abbey Place, then immediately turn right into the OrthoCarolina parking lot. Drive straight for a hundred yards. When you pass the far edge of the building on the left, you'll see the back side of the monument on the right.
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