Graceland Graffiti: Elvis Fans as Place-Makers and Memory Agents

Derek H. Alderman, Hannah Gunderman and Donna G’Segner Alderman

In describing Elvis Presley in Wilson and Ferris’ 1989 Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Stephen Tucker wrote: “Presley is probably the most famous Southerner of the 20th century.” Elvis occupies third place on John Sheldon Reed’s list of the twenty most influential Southerners of the past century, eclipsed by only Martin Luther King, Jr. and William Faulkner.