Thursday, February 22, 2024

February 22 - Shelby County Bought Elvis' Childhood House

Major Lee Harris of Shelby County revealed that the County has bought Elvis' former childhood home at 2414 Lamar Avenue. 

On the WREG morning show Harris explained, “Elvis Presley had several childhood homes in Memphis as they moved around quite a bit. One of their childhood homes for a few months in 1955 was at 2414 Lamar Avenue and Shelby County owns that home. So we're really optimistic that we'll be able to do a new kind of showcase that represents Elvis’ childhood in Memphis. We know Graceland tells the story of his adulthood and his fame as a rock and roll star, but what about his childhood and what about those early influences and a lot of black musical heritage that influenced Elvis Presley when he was not a superstar. 

We want to think about how to tell that story, Shelby County wants to show an Elvis Presley home and we're going to do the best we can tell the story of the musical influences that we know as part of the legacy of this community." 

Go all the way to 4.50 in the clip. 

(Source: FECC / WREG / Elvis Information Network)