WALKER: Aycock Statue Has No Place In The U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) sent a letter to Brett Blanton, the Architect of the Capitol, urging him to expedite the removal of the statue of former North Carolina Governor Charles Brantley Aycock from the National Statuary Hall Collection, leaving the space vacant until the statue of Reverend Billy Graham is completed.
"North Carolina has already made it clear that Charles Aycock does not represent our values and does not belong as one of the two statues that represent the Old North State in the halls of Congress," Walker said. "While we await work to be completed on the statue for 'North Carolina's favorite son,' Rev. Billy Graham, there is no reason why Aycock's statue and legacy should remain at the center of our government. America should always get North Carolina's best."
The National Statuary Hall Collection encompasses 100 statues from 50 states, two states each. North Carolina's collection includes statues of former U.S. Senator and Governor Zebulon Vance, along with Aycock.
In 2015, then-Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 540, requesting the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress approve the replacement of the statue of Charles Aycock in the Statuary Hall Collection with a statue of the Reverend Billy Graham.
Read the full letter here.