- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says a statue of the Rev. Billy Graham would be a worthy addition to the U.S. Capitol because he exemplifies to many North Carolina residents the state’s “values, spirit and faith.”

McCrory signed a bill into law Friday asking a congressional committee to eventually approve a likeness of the North Carolina-born evangelist for National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.

The bill-signing ceremony occurred at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, attended with other family members.

Each state gets two statues. A Graham statue would replace one of Gov. Charles Aycock, who recently has fallen out of favor for connections to the white supremacist movement.

Rules say a person’s statue can only be installed posthumously. Billy Graham is 96 years old.

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