Goodbye Aycock, Hello Graham! Statue for Evangelist? Sure!

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But no need to knock out former Governor

Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. is an awe-inspiring place. North Carolina’s two contributions are for former governors, Charles B. Aycock and Zebulon B. Vance. But that is likely to change.

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RALEIGH – Yes, the good ole North State has embraced political correctness, like much of the nation. This week our Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest, sent a letter (see Page A-15) to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol encouraging the process to begin for replacing the Governor Charles B. Aycock statue with that of the Reverend Billy Graham.

The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is composed of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. Limited to two statues per-state, the collection was originally set up in the old Hall of the House of Representatives, which was then renamed National Statuary Hall. The expanding collection has since spread throughout the Capitol.

Aycock appears to be on the chopping block because of his racist views way back when! Isn’t it fun to try and re-write history? When will we quit trying to apply our supposedly enlightened 21st Century social norms to our ancestors, who were merely products of their own eras? Certainly Billy Graham needs a statue! Hopefully, if one is erected, it will withstand the test of time, and not be subjected to the scrutiny of Americans 150 years hence who will presumably be much, much wiser!


List of Statues in the Statuary Hall Collection

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