Graceland An Official Historic Landmark

Rock 'n' roll legend ELVIS PRESLEY's Memphis, Tennessee, mansion Graceland is set to be designated a US National Historic Landmark. Secretary of the Interior GALE NORTON will meet with Presley's ex-wife PRISCILLA later today (27MAR06) to officially make the announcement at The King's former home. Although Graceland has been on America's National Register of Historic Places since 1991, the designation as a National Historic Landmark upgrades it to a status enjoyed by less than 2,500 historic sites in the US, including the White House, Pearl Harbor and the Alamo. The Sun Records studio in Memphis - the site of Presley's first recording sessions - was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.


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I have had the honor to go to "Graceland" several times in my 44 years life ...I grew up just 45 min. just dew north on interstate 55 in Blythevile,AR and went to Memphis,TN just about every weekend...my husband{an Officer from the What was Then called the Blytheville Air Force Base} We were amoung the first in line when "Graceland" was opened to the public for the first time, what a treat!I remember what I was doing the day "ELVIS" DIED I walked down to my friends house in shock...she lived 2 doors down, she did not believe me, we turned on the radio, and straight out of MEMPHIS, TN confirmation was all over the news...I was later that year I lost my dad at the age of 47 from an sudden heart attack...WHAT A YEAR...Angie in VA
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Last time I was in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland was closed out of respect to the wishes of the family, I think, Elvis Presley's father had died. I was living in Columbus, Mississippi, working near the Waverley Plantation Mansion ferry historic site for the Tombigbee River "Barge Canal". The local Mall there had Elvis' Cadillac station wagon and one of his guitars on exhibit. He had asked General Motors to please build one, and had one built to show what he meant. We then moved up to Belmont, Mississippi, working in Bay Springs in Tishomingo County, and one of the crew, a mandolin player, took me down to Tupelo one evening to see Elvis' birthplace, since fixed up and at the time a chapel contract planned for the back of it was awarded to a firm in West Point, Mississippi. The gates were closed that day.
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