Historic Markers Across Florida

Billy Graham Began Here

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Location: Oak Fair Blvd and E. Fortune St, Tampa, FL
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.273    W 082° 27.606
  27.95455    -82.4601
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMQZVE


From the sidewalk in this Franklin St. neighborhood, the Rev. Dr. Billy Graham forty years ago launched his worldwide Christian evangelistic crusade, exhorting derelicts, drunks and "Skid Row" bums. Since then, he has preached to more people than any other person, reaching millions. Dr. Graham attended Florida Bible Institute at Temple Terrace, graduating in 1940. While a student here, Dr. Graham heard the "Call," and prayed, "0 God, if you want me to preach, I will do it."

Erected in 1979 by the Tampa Historical Society
in cooperation with the Tampa Ministers´ Association
during the Billy Graham Crusade in Tampa