Ruth Bell Graham Honored at the Billy Graham Library
Visitors impacted by her life and testimony
May 29, 2009 - For more than 60 years she stood by the side of America’s most well-known evangelist, praying, supporting and encouraging. He referred to her as his most-trusted advisor and the greatest Christian he has ever known.
Now through August 31, there is still time to honor Ruth Bell Graham at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.
“We’ve worked hard to weave together so many pieces of her life into this tribute, spending hours looking at family photos, reading her poetry, and selecting the items that would best describe who she was,” said Debra Blanton, Director of the Library.
“We already have ‘Ruth’s Room,’ a permanent part of the Library experience, but we wanted to provide an even greater opportunity for our guests to get to know this remarkable woman.”
The tribute includes items from various seasons of Ruth’s life incorporating her early days in China to her years spent raising their five children in the mountains of North Carolina.
Among memorabilia on display at the Library are: her wedding dress; numerous entries from her personal journals; correspondence between Billy and Ruth during their early years of marriage; photos from her trips to China; some of her earliest artwork; and even a handwritten letter from Ruth as a young child to Santa Claus.
Visitors to the Billy Graham Library are being impacted by this woman's life, even after her passing.
One visitor said, "This is such a beautiful tribute to Ruth. She and Billy had such a special relationship that was always such an inspiration for my marriage."
"Thanks for Ruth's exhibit," remarked another visitor. "It describes her so completely with her writings, artwork, insightful stories of who she really was, and companionship with Billy and devoted mother."
The Ruth Bell Graham tribute began on June 1.
In June of 2007, Ruth passed away, and was buried at the Library in its Prayer Garden.
Want to know more about Ruth Bell Graham?
Consider purchasing one of these books or DVDs from Ruth's Attic online store:
Ruth Bell Graham: Celebrating An Extraordinary Life
Sitting By My Laughing Fire
Footprints of a Pilgrim
Celebrating Ruth Bell Graham DVD