Elvis Presley’s Graceland In Memphis, TN Vandalized With ‘BLM’ & ‘Defund The Police’ Graffiti

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Historic Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, where the “King of Rock and Roll”, Elvis Presley’s estate is located, was vandalized with graffiti on Sunday, with vulgar phrases such as “BLM”, “abolish ICE”, “f**k Trump”, and “defund the police.”

The graffiti covered up many of the hundreds of tributes left to Elvis Presley from visitors from around the world, which were handwritten by fans on the wall outside of Graceland, over the years.

Memphis reporter for Memphis’ WMC Action News 5 tweeted out photographs of the damaged walls on Monday morning:

Memphis Fox 13 reporter Shelia O’Connor tweeted more photographs of the damaged walls on Tuesday morning, saying, “Crews are cleaning up after someone spray-painted the walls of Graceland”.

Another historic Memphis landmark, the Levitt Shell stage, where Elvis Presley gave his first paid concert on July 30, 1954, an open-air amphitheater in Overton Park– Midtown, Memphis, was also defaced with similar messages in graffiti.

Levitt Shell was found vandalized with graffiti Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

Levitt Shell was found vandalized with graffiti Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Source: WMC)

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Repairs are estimated to cost around $150,000, Fox 13 reported.

Bill Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother, says he’s appalled that someone would deface Elvis’ home. “This is totally uncalled for,” said Stanley. “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,” Memphis’ WMC Action News 5 reported.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, offered a different take on the graffiti, posting on Facebook: “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.”

Graceland is centered on the life and career of Elvis and annually attracts about 600,000 visitors, including international travelers.