Time Frame: Forest Lawn Cemetery 57 Years Ago and Now

Evangelist Billy Graham toured the resting place during an L.A. stop in 1958

In 1949, evangelist Billy Graham swept into Los Angeles for a 23-day gig under a tent at Washington Boulevard and Hill Street near downtown. The preaching “crusade” stretched to eight weeks and drew a quarter of a million followers. Graham returned nine years later to speak at a collegiate writing awards ceremony sponsored by Forest Lawn. He toured the cemetery before attending a banquet that night, where he lamented the ban on religion in public schools and asked for support for church-sponsored educational institutions. Now 96, Graham has written dozens of books, delivered sermons to more than 200 million people, and provided spiritual counsel to presidents from Harry Truman to George W. Bush.