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'Moving Day' For Family As Billy Graham Casket Arrives At Library

The body of the late Rev. Billy Graham was brought to Charlotte Saturday where preparations are being made for his funeral. 

At the Billy Graham Library, extended family members and a crowd of media waited for the motorcade to arrive from Asheville. Among the faces in the crowd was Leighton Ford, Graham’s brother-in-law.

Family members, including Franklin Graham, right, walk to vehicles before the body of Rev. Billy Graham leaves the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
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Family members, including Franklin Graham, right, walk to vehicles before the body of Rev. Billy Graham leaves the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

"It’s a moving day," Ford said. "And I think it is a day - as, as we were saying who’s going to carry this on? It’s not gonna happen just through preachers. God picked through Jesus some very ordinary people to carry his word, and he still does that."

Upon arriving, Graham’s simple casket made of pine was unloaded and carried inside for private viewing.

The procession begins a week of mourning for the man known as “America’s Pastor.” On Wednesday, he’ll be moved to the U.S. Capitol where he’ll be the first private citizen since Rosa Parks to lie in honor in the Rotunda. On Friday, his funeral will be held at his library in Charlotte, where he’ll be buried in the gardens next to his wife.