Melvin Graham – Interview
Brother of the Reverend Billy Graham, Melvin Graham discusses his childhood growing up and working on the family dairy farm, Graham Brothers Dairy, from the 1920s through the 1950s. He comments on the many changes over the years in Charlotte, especially changes in the Sharon, Park Road, and Weddington areas. Graham recalls the role of religion in his family, involvement in the ARP Church, and religious retreats he and his family attended at Bonclarken in the North Carolina mountains. He discusses the lasting impact of the Mordecai Ham religious revivals, which helped to inspire his brother Billy to pursue a career in the ministry. Joining Melvin Graham in the interview, his wife Peggy Graham speaks to their own personal experiences with President Nixon both before and during his stint in the White House. In the latter portion of the interview, Graham discusses his most recent ventures in land speculation-mostly previous farmland and timberland. While he devotes time to such investments, Graham talks about his continued agricultural pursuits and confirms his dedication to farming.