Graceland was once home to Elvis Presley. But since the rock legend died in 1977, the property became a museum.
Recently, vandals painted 'Defund The Police' and Black Lives Matter,' among other slogans on the museum's walls and sidewalk.
The Graceland wall and sidewalk are in plain view of the north-south traffic on the adjacent street.
The extent of the graffiti suggested the vandals were on the scene for a long time. Multiple people could also have been involved.
At Graceland, the spray-painted lettering covered up thousands of handwritten messages already on the wall: Such as words of love and devotion to Elvis, painted by fans of the singer.
The museum workers found this vandalism. By mid-morning, workers with power-wash equipment were removing the graffiti.
This incident has outraged many Elvis's fans.
One person said:
"We were just driving by this morning, and we looked over. We just couldn't believe it."
Bill Stanley, Elvis' stepbrother, also described how appalled he was that someone could deface the King's home.
"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 up next to it."
However, a Graceland spokesperson declined to comment on the vandalism.
The vandals also defaced another Memphis landmark — a historic concert venue, the Levitt Shell — with similar graffiti.
This open-air amphitheater in Overton Park was where Presley gave his first paid concert on July 30, 1954.
Natalie Wilson, executive director of the nonprofit Levitt Shell, said:
"We wake up, excited to celebrate our city on 901 Day. However, we [saw] our beautiful historic landmark defaced with messages of pain."
"That [broke] our hearts."
"We want to be part of the conversation that helps heal our city. We want to see change happen."
"But how do we talk together, how do we ensure that the messages we provide are productive?"
"This isn't productive. People are trying to speak, and I get that, but we've got to come up with a better way."
While Natalie didn't condone the graffiti, she hopes the historic space can be a place where the community can heal.
"Defacing our stage is not appropriate. However, we acknowledge their pain, and we want to say to our community, 'it's time the conversations are deeper."
"Change happens with good communication."