Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer, musician, and actor. Presley is one of the most significant icons for the late 20th century. Presley lived in the Graceland mansion located in Memphis, Tenessee for 20 years. Before his death in 1977 at the age of 42. After the king’s death, the mansion was revamped into a museum.
Admirers have been writing messages on the tribute wall in the fond memory of the icon since it was declared Museum in 1982. The memorial was vandalized by graffiti on Monday night.
The slogans included “BLACK LIVES MATTER”, “DEFUND MPD”, “ALL ICE” and slogans disgracing Trump. The protest slogans were in thick black and orange lettering encompassing the Boulevard’s wall. The graffiti engulfed the messages which had been there for over 30 years.
Akin graffiti was seen at Levitt Shell, an amphitheater. Presley performed his first paid concert on July 30,1954, at the Levitt Shell. Natalie Wilson, executive director of non-profit Levitt Shell said ” We’re heartbroken and devastated by this. We want to be part of a conversation that helps heal our city.”
Bill Stanley, King’s stepbrother was sickened by the fact that someone could vandalize such an alluring monument. “This is totally uncalled for. One of the saddest days of my life. I mean besides the day that Elvis passed away, this right here is right next up to it” said Stanley.
The wreckage coincided with the city’s 901 days, which takes place on September 1, 9/01 an annual celebration of Memphis culture.
PROTESTS IN MEMPHIS
Protests in Memphis have been continuing for a long time now. Demonstrations have been seen in reaction to African American deaths- George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the late august shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. The execution of a black 17-year-old, by the US Marshals task force in Memphis also reunited the city.