Graceland, Estate of Elvis Presley Vandalized With ‘Black Lives Matter’ Graffiti

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Graceland, Estate of Elvis Presley Vandalized With ‘Black Lives Matter’ Graffiti

What used to show handwritten messages from fans now reads ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘BLM,’ and ‘Defund the Police’ in orange and red graffiti.

Graceland is a mansion on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, once owned by singer and actor Elvis Presley.

His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, has been the owner of Graceland since his death in 1977.

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Overnight on September 1, 2020, protest slogans appeared spray painted on the stone wall that surrounds the landmark.

Graceland is a popular tourist spot that draws many visitors yearly. It's actually the second most-visited house in the U.S. after the White House, with over 650,000 visitors a year.

Fans have been leaving tributes for the King of Rock on that wall for years. What used to show handwritten messages from fans now reads ‘Black Lives Matter,’ ‘BLM,’ and ‘Defund the Police’ in orange and red graffiti.

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Workers with pressure washers could be seen attempting to clean off the spray paint from the wall the following morning.

The Graceland Wall, on Elvis Boulevard, sits in plain view of traffic, suggesting that there was more than one person responsible for the graffiti and that the vandals were on scene for a long time.

"Graceland has no comment," Graceland spokesperson David Beckwith wrote in an email when asked about the vandalism by Memphis Commercial Appeal .

It was 901 Day in Memphis, making the discovery a little bit sadder. 901 Day, according to their Facebook page , "is a grassroots, hater-free Memphis holiday when we celebrate the many things that make this the most awesome big small town."

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Tennessee Rep. London Lamar has a different theory she tweeted out following the discovery. She does not believe this is the work of Black Lives Matter activists, but by people looking to discredit the movement. "I bet my money that those tagging property in Memphis with BLM and Defund Police are individuals trying to make this movement look bad!" she tweeted. "Don’t believe that it’s the movement! It’s not! WE ALL KNOW WHO’S OUT TO MAKE US LOOK BAD!"

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