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Billy Graham was born in Charlotte in 1918 and lived there until attending college out of state. Graham’s early ministry career began with his revivals and “crusades,” large gatherings for worship. Graham founded The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) in 1950 and built a media empire through radio, television, newspaper, magazine and film production.
BGEA’s headquarters relocated to Charlotte where, in 2007, The Billy Graham Library opened. Graham and his wife Ruth were both laid to rest in the Library’s Prayer Garden.
American Experience premieres Billy Graham, a new film examining one of the most influential evangelical leaders of the 20th century, Monday, May 17, 9 PM on PBS NC and the PBS Video app.
Preview the film below and read more for related programs from PBS North Carolina.
Explore the life of one of the most famous and influential religious leaders of the 20th century. An international celebrity by age 30, Billy Graham built a media empire, preached to millions worldwide and had the ear of tycoons, presidents and royalty.
American Experience probes the fraught relationship between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Billy Graham.
A rich mixture of archival footage, contemporary performances, and personal interviews with Shea and other members of the Billy Graham association. Known throughout the world for his rich baritone voice, Shea is often called "America's most beloved gospel singer."
Follow the story of how two very different people found each other and, together, changed the face of evangelism. Interviews with the Grahams, family members and friends, along with intimate photos and home movies, reveal the couple's family life, as archival footage chronicles the Graham ministry.
One of the most recognized choir directors and vocalist of our time, Cliff Barrows has been seen and heard on television and radio since 1945. His direction and leadership have been a hallmark of the Billy Graham Crusades around the world. Interview conducted by Bill Gaither and special performances by Barrows, George Beverly Shea and other Homecoming artists.
The artists of the Billy Graham Crusades come together to sing the music and share incredible stories. George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows and Franklin Graham share unforgettable moments in the history of the ministry. Bill & Gloria Gaither, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Andrae' Crouch, Avalon and others lead the group in emotional songs and testimonies of faith.
Learn more about The Billy Graham Library in Charlotte in this 2018 NC Weekend segment.