Happy 200th Birthday, Illinois! Commemorating the Illinois Bicentennial & Remembering Rev. Billy Graham

This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming our 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818, a year that also saw the births of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, civil rights activist Frederick Douglass, and British novelist Emily Bronte.

Alive for almost half the lifetime of the state of Illinois was Rev. Billy Graham, who lived from 1918-2018, and had several ties to Illinois:

A documentary of his life also aired recently, entitled “Billy Graham:  An Extraordinary Journey.”



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