Library officials do not track attendance by visitors’ ages. But as buses from churches and nursing homes pull up and people walk gingerly down the steps ”” some on canes, others using walkers ”” it is obvious that the library is attracting an older crowd. Linda Sutton, who helps coordinate volunteers, said her staff loved helping older people, who spend an average of one to two hours touring the library. She added, “We’re so thrilled when we see a group of kids on a school group come through.”
The minister’s elder son, Franklin Graham, who runs the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said the library’s goal was not to glorify his father, or the stadium-style revivals where he preached to 215 million people over more than a half-century. Instead, the library is meant to serve as an evangelical tool.
“We want this not to be a memorial to Billy Graham or something that promotes the successes of his life,” he said. “We want it to point to Jesus Christ.”