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Elvis Presley's Grave
The Presley family gravestone at Graceland

The Presley family gravestone at Graceland

Photo by Flickr member Kristin Brenemen / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Elvis Presley lived at Graceland Mansion until his death on August 16, 1977.

Originally, Elvis Presley was buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. A group of men tried to steal Elvis Presley's coffin. The grave sites of Presley's parents, Gladys and Veron Presley, were also at risk. So in October 1977, the family was moved to Graceland. They were re-interred in the Meditation Garden, which Elvis Presley created during the mid-1960s as a place for quiet reflection. He is buried beneath an angel sculpture.

Today Graceland Mansion is a museum. It is reportedly the second-most visited home in America behind the White House.

Features of the Meditation Garden:

  • Twelve-foot circular pool with water jets illuminated by colored lights
  • Curved wall constructed with Mexican brick and stained glass windows
  • A grave marker for Elvis Presley's twin brother, Jesse Garon, who was still-born
  • A kidney-shaped swimming pool nearby

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