Elvis Presley’s house of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee has been a spot of fan pilgrimage since 1982. But now the enduring partitions surrounding the mansion, have been vandalised by graffiti. Discovered by the museum’s employees early on Tuesday morning, spray-painted messages included: “Black Lives Matter”, “Defund MPD” [Memphis Police Department] and “Abolish ICE”.
Protest slogans had been sprayed on in black and orange lettering throughout Graceland’s partitions, over fan messages carved into the stone.
Now Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley has expressed her disgust on the vandalism.
The 75-year-old tweeted: “Concerning the graffiti at Graceland, I’m completely horrified that these in our personal metropolis disgraced the partitions surrounding Graceland.
“I’m saddened by acts like this and appalled by this conduct.”
While Graceland has been open to the general public as a museum since 1982, the upstairs stays off-limits.
The motive for that is that even throughout his lifetime, that was Elvis’ personal space.
Up there may be The King’s bed room, lavatory, workplace, dressing space and Lisa Marie’s childhood bed room.
As the proprietor of Graceland, it’s her want that the upstairs is preserved simply as Elvis left it in 1977.
It’s like Elvis simply “got up and left”, as Graceland archivist Angie Marchese describes it.
In his bed room, the mattress is made and there are stacks of non secular books by his bedside and in his workplace, in keeping with Lisa Marie.
There’s even a styrofoam cup resting on a bookcase as that’s the place Elvis left the disposable receptacle.
And the ultimate file he listened, a contemporary recording of JD Sumner and The Stamps continues to be within the file participant.