About the Exhibit
Billy Graham was one of the most prominent voices of the past century. His ability to adapt the American revival tradition to the post-World War II era helped transform the nation’s cultural landscape. His use of the Bible in his ministry elevated the Bible within public discourse and influenced hundreds of millions around the world. Yet Graham and his ministry were not without criticism. Over the course of his career, he was forced to navigate many controversial issues that would define this new era, such as globalization, social inequality and Cold War politics. The story of Graham and his ministry is the story of how he adapted his revival message while reconciling with these challenges. He might have helped shape the post-war world. But as he grew in his work, this world also profoundly shaped him.
This exhibition, presented by Museum of the Bible with the support of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, offers visitors an exciting look into the life of Billy Graham and the role of the Bible in his ministry. It brings together rare artifacts, photographs and video footage to explore how he became an internationally-known religious figure. It also examines the impact of Graham’s work in the realms of religion, society and politics and what many conservative and liberal critics consider his shortcomings on matters such as ecumenism and civil rights. Exploring Graham in his historical context will reveal his complexities as a human being rather than a cultural icon. Visitors will experience a multimedia exhibition that both deepens and challenges their understanding of Graham’s ministry as well as his legacy.