'56 Photo of Elvis Model for Statue

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau will place a life-size Elvis Presley statue in front of City Hall.

The sculpture will replicate a 1956 photo by Roger Marshutz of Presley performing at a homecoming concert in Tupelo.

The statue will be on a four-foot-tall platform and will be reaching down to the crowd.

CVB officials told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Bill Beckwith has been hired to do the
sculpture. Beckwith's other works include BB King in Indianola and William Faulkner on Oxford's Square.

The CVB board has allocated $50,000 to the project. The entire project is going to cost $75,000 to $80,000, with the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club to help with fund raising.


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