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Panel approves model of Billy Graham statue for US Capitol

Graham's statue would replace one of former governor and white supremacist Charles Aycock. Each state is allowed two statues.
Credit: AP
FILE - The Rev. Billy Graham speaks during the Mission Metroplex at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, in a Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002 file photo. A North Carolina legislative committee on Wednesday, July 30, 2020 approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to represent the state in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina legislative committee has approved a model of a statue honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham to represent the state in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. 

The Charlotte Observer reports the Legislature’s selection committee approved the model Wednesday. 

Graham's statue would replace one of former governor and white supremacist Charles Aycock. Each state is allowed two statues. 

Aycock’s has represented North Carolina for nearly 90 years, but representatives have called for it to be removed, along with the state's other statue of Zebulon B. Vance, a former governor and Confederate military officer. 

A congressional committee will hold a final vote on the model of Graham.