- Goldmine: Root
- Oral History Collections
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Interviews About Billy Graham
- William Culp oral history interview, 1996 April 2
William Culp oral history interview, 1996 April 2
Reverend William Culp, a Methodist minister in Charlotte, discusses his involvement with Billy Graham's ministry over decades, particularly the Billy Graham Crusade held in Charlotte in the 1950s. Mr. Culp relates information about the long-range planning of the religious event and addresses the hands-off approach that Mr. Graham took in the financial operations of his crusades. As a volunteer for the crusade, Mr. Culp discusses his roles as an organizer of local Methodist churches and as counselor at the actual crusade events. He contends that the Graham crusades affected Charlotteans by heightening many individuals' sense of personal commitment toward their faith. Mr. Culp discusses race and religion in the South and relates his own experiences in conducting interracial worship services, which Mr. Culp believes had become less socially acceptable after the passage of federal civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Mr. Culp praises Mr. Graham for what he sees as his ability to remain earnest and humble despite becoming a world-renowned figure.