Graceland, Elvis Presley’s iconic estate in Memphis, TN, was vandalized with spray-painted graffiti early Tuesday morning. Much of the graffiti was slogans like “Black Lives Matter,” “Defund the Police,” and “Abolish ICE.”
A huge stone wall surrounds the King of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s mansion. The wall had numerous protest slogans written on it with thick black and orange lettering. Additionally, phrases including “Defund MPD’ and “F*** Trump” covered the wall. The Commercial Appeal first reported the property damage.
Presley lived at Graceland for 20 years before he passed away at age 42 in August 1977. The graffiti covered thousands of tributes dedicated to Elvis. In fact, fans who visited Graceland have written messages on the wall ever since it officially became a museum.
The Graceland estate — located on Elvis Presley Boulevard — was opened to the public in 1982 and attracts around 600,000 visitors per year.
Graceland Vandalism Reactions
Museum workers discovered the vandalism at Graceland early Tuesday morning. Accordingly, fans of Elvis Presley were furious to see the landmark defaced.
“We were just driving by this morning and we looked over,” Alice Self told WMC5. “We just couldn’t believe it. We’re just stunned by it.”
“This is totally uncalled for,” said a disgusted Bill Stanley, Presley’s stepbrother. “One of the saddest days of my life. I mean, besides the day that Elvis passed away, this right here is right up next to it.”
Democratic State Rep. Antonio Parkinson stated a different perspective on the vandalism. In contrast, his opinion differed from the collective uproar over the graffiti. He wrote, “What’s the real issue here? Every visitor that has come to Graceland has written on that wall and there were no complaints. So, really, it’s WHAT was written, not the fact that it was written.”
On Tuesday, Graceland workers used power washers to remove as much of the graffiti from the wall as they could. After news broke, a Graceland spokesperson chose not to comment on the property damage.
Another Memphis Landmark Damaged
Furthermore, vandals also damaged the Levitt Shell concert venue in Overton Park with graffiti. Elvis played his first paid concert on July 30, 1954 at the amphitheater in Memphis.
Memphis police are currently investigating the property damage to the famous locations. Meanwhile, there is debate online over the identity of the vandals. Of course, some blame liberal protestors for the graffiti, and others are claiming that “infiltrators” that are seeking to tarnish the Black Lives Matter movement were liable.
[H/T Daily Mail]