On Thursday, February 28, 2018, the late Rev. Billy Graham became the first private citizen to lie in repose at the nation’s capitol since Ms. Rosa Parks. The late evangelist, who became known over the years as “America’s Pastor,” was also the first religious figure to receive this honor.
The public was invited to pay their respects at the Capitol Rotunda through March 1, after which Rev. Graham’s body was returned to Charlotte, North Carolina for a private funeral service on March 2 at the Billy Graham Library. His plain pine casket was built by inmates at the Louisiana State Prison in Angola.
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