Billy Graham Casket Was Made in Prison

Billy Graham's casket was designed and built by inmates at the nation's largest maximum security prison, Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. 

While touring the correctional facility after preaching there in 2005, Graham's son Franklin saw caskets being built. Inmates at Angola make caskets for other inmates who cannot afford to purchase one. Moved by this, the younger Graham requested that inmates make caskets for his mother and father. 

Details of Billy Graham's casket include:

  • It is made of pine and lined with a mattress pad. A wooden cross is nailed to the top of the casket.

  • The Graham family requested no upgrades to the pine casket. Only a few modifications were made to allow the casket to be transported easily.

  • Graham's late wife, Ruth, was buried June 17, 2007, in an identical casket made at Angola.

A chapel at Angola was dedicated in Billy Graham's honor in 2006.