The year 1947 was an important for evangelist Billy Graham. It was when he moved (mostly)
from being the featured preacher at Youth for Christ rallies to leading his own evangelistic team,
the team that would soon become the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Above is the program (from
Collection 7) from one of his last YFC rallies, held at the Hollywood Bowl in California on July 27, 1947.
Below is a brochure (from Collection 5) from one of his first city-wide evangelistic campaigns, held in
his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina from November 9-23, 1947. For more information on this first Charlotte
campaign, come to the Archives Reading Room and browse through the papers of Charlotte businessman
Vernon Patterson (Collection 5) or the records of Charlotte evangelistic campaigns (Collection 295). Or perhaps you
would like to read the Charlotte Observer's account
of Graham's 1996 meetings in that city.