Graham Library exhibit honors Cliff Barrows

A special two-month exhibit at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., is now open to honor longtime music and program director Cliff Barrows.


Through the end of September, “Cliff Barrows Tribute: A Singing Faith” will provide a glimpse into the life of one of evangelist Billy Graham’s closest friends and ministry partners, a news release from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.

Barrows, 87, formerly a member of Taylors First Baptist Church and now a resident of Marvin, N.C., first worked with Graham in 1945 at a Youth for Christ rally in western North Carolina and was responsible for music at Billy Graham crusades beginning two years later.

Among the items in the exhibit are Barrows’ trombone, which he played at Youth for Christ meetings in the 1940s; his old microphone from radio broadcasts of The Hour of Decision; a set of comic books that were given out at youth meetings in 1951; and several campaign and crusade songbooks, as well as albums, awards, photos and letters.

Since opening in June 2007, more than 400,000 people have visited the 40,000-square-foot library, which offers free admission.