Condolence book remembering Billy Graham set in old Capitol

FILE - In this June 26, 2005 file photo, the Rev. Billy Graham speaks on stage on the third and last day of his farewell American revival in the Queens borough of New York. A spokesman said on Graham has died at his home in North Carolina at age 99. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Members of the public can sign a book set inside North Carolina's old Capitol building to remember the late Rev. Billy Graham.

Gov. Roy Cooper issued a proclamation ordering a "Book of Condolences" be placed inside the Capitol rotunda, where it will be starting Friday through March 2, the day of Graham's funeral in Charlotte.

Cooper then plans to present the book to Graham's family on behalf of North Carolina residents.

Graham died Wednesday at age 99 at his home in Montreat. Thursday's proclamation identifies Graham as "North Carolina's native son" who was "without peer as an evangelist during his lifetime" and who refused to preach to racially segregated audiences.

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