Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Elvis' Graceland attacked by BLM Vandals.

By Rod Williams - The Graceland estate, the former home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, was vandalized sometime between Monday night (Aug. 31) and Tuesday morning (Sept. 1). Memphis' Commercial Appeal reports that vandals spray-painted the front walls surrounding the property with Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police graffiti overnight. Vandals used black and orange spray paint to write slogans including "Defund MPD" and "BLM" on the sidewalk in front of Graceland along Elvis Presley Boulevard. They also scrawled "#DefundThePolice" and "Abolish ICE" on the sidewalk and the stone wall that surrounds the property. 

Elvis bought the home in 1957 and lived there in until his death at the age of 42 on Aug. 16, 1977. The home was opened as a museum in June 7, 1982. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991, becoming the first site related to rock and roll to be so listed. Graceland was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006, also a first for a rock singer. Graceland is the second most-visited house in the U.S. after the White House, with over 650,000 visitors a year. Graceland is the most popular tourist attraction in Memphis. (link

I knew Elvis was still popular these many years after his death but I did not know how popular until I had a caregiver come to work for me helping to take care of my wife.  She was a big Elvis fan. Through her I discovered that there is almost a cult like following of Elvis fans.  Graceland is almost like a holy shrine.  They have a candlelight vigil each year outside Graceland and as I understand it, thousands attend.  People even flock from other countries for "Elvis Week."   While most people who visit the White House or some other famous house, usually only visit it once, it is not uncommon of lovers of Elvis to visit Graceland multiple times.

I do not think the Black Lives Matter thugs are winning friends and influencing people by their senseless destruction and violence. The message is being lost and people's attitudes are hardening against the movement.  Desecrating the Elvis shrine certainly did not win them any friends among Elvis fans.  

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