New documentary examines the legacy of Billy Graham -- who once preached at McClellan in 1954

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May 22—Perched prominently on a shelf in the Rev. Roland Brown's Choccolocco Road office is a collection of books that share a singular theme of Christian grace and biblical teachings. It's no stretch to say they provide a window into the underpinnings of his faith.

"It's almost a Billy Graham shelf because he's been that impactful upon our life," the Golden Springs Baptist Church pastor said. "If he's written a book, I've read it."

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