Crews Cleaning Black Lives Matter Messages Off Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Graffiti stains a sacred piece of the King's legacy

September 2, 2020

Crews outside Elvis Presley’s iconic Graceland estate in Memphis are working to remove graffiti messages of “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” from exterior walls.

Numerous protest slogans defaced the stone wall perimeter of Elvis’ former mansion and signature tourist landmark. Other messages spray painted include “Abolish ICE” and “F*** Trump,” that covered hundreds of hand written fan tributes to the King. Crews were spotted early Monday morning attempting to wash away the messages.

Graceland officials declined to comment on the vandalism. Presley lived at Graceland for two decades before his death on August 16, 1977, at age 42. In 1982 the family estate opened his home to public viewing, drawing millions of visitors each year.

Spray paint was also found at the Levitt Shell concert venue in Overton Park where Presley gave his first paid concert on July 30, 1954. Spokespeople for the Levitt say it’s the sixth time this year vandals have spray painted the famed venue.

The damage is just another challenge for the Levitt Shell. Officials say due to concert restrictions from the coronavirus, the venue is battling an $800,000 budget deficit.

Despite damages to his home, fans continue honoring the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll’s chosen one. Earlier this month, rock memorabilia site gottahaverockandroll.com sold Elvis’ 1942 Martin D-18 guitar for $1,320,000. Elvis owned the guitar between 1954 and 1956 while recording at the iconic Sun Studios in Memphis, TN and performing on stage.

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