With his death today at the age of 99, a look at two visits Billy Graham made to Little Rock.
In 1959, as Little Rock was still grappling with the issue of desegregation, Graham brought his crusade to Little Rock. Held at War Memorial Stadium, Graham insisted that the seating be desegregated. That was always a requirement of his. He refused to give in to the segregationist protests. That was probably the first time War Memorial Stadium had been desegregated.
Thirty years later, he returned to Little Rock and War Memorial Stadium. Among the performers he had at this time was Arkansan Johnny Cash. Also in attendance was Governor Bill Clinton. He remarked that he had been a fan of Rev. Graham’s since the 1959 crusade and his stance on requiring desegregation.