Zach took Saturday off so he could spend more time with Allie. We decided to spend it checking out some of the sites downtown we had never visited before. One of them was the McColl Center for Visual Arts.
Exploring amazing studio space for residences
to equipment from his radio show
to a plethora of memorabilia and photographs from his life.
Billy Graham's preaching bible
Travel bag and passports
Guns turned in by converted gang members
Photographs of Billy with everyone from Walt Disney to Martin Luther King to Johnny Cash. He was also a spiritual consultant to 11 US presidents.
Billy's motorcycle, given to him by some foreign dignitary
At the very end of the tour, after the final theatre, there is an array of illuminated, glass crosses that lead to a humongous Thomas Kincaid painting.
Allie holding one of the crosses
About 1/4 of the Kincaid painting
In addition to touring through the library, Ruth Graham's grave site, and memorial prayer garden, you can also tour through Billy's childhood home that has been restored and relocated to the property. The house was originally built in 1927 on a dairy farm about 4 miles from where it stands today.
Zach and Allie walking inside
You can walk through the main floor of the house which includes the living room, dining room, office, sitting room, and kitchen. It's pretty cool to see all this old stuff in pristine condition. It's like going back in time. :)
The Billy Graham Library truly impressed us. Not only were we blown away by the story of Billy Graham and how it was presented, but by how intentionally they created the library to be a place that people can come to know and follow Christ. This truly carries on Billy Graham's legacy while bringing Jesus all the honor and glory. We totally recommend you visit this place (it's free) if you ever visit Charlotte.
All in all we had an awesome art and history day exploring the treasures of Charlotte. I love our city and my family!