Tupelo touts Elvis origins in Graceland exhibit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mississippi officials hope that a new Graceland exhibit about Elvis' boyhood will draw visitors to his birthplace in Tupelo.

Tourism officials visited the exhibit, entitled "Elvis' Tupelo," on Thursday. It showcases posters and memorabilia from every Tupelo Elvis Festival and features a movie entitled "Tupelolove."

Neal McCoy, executive director of the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, tells WTVA-TV that he hopes the display will draw some Elvis fans from his famous Memphis home to his more humble beginnings in northeast Mississippi.

Each year, Graceland draws anywhere between 600,000 to 650,000 people a year. In comparison, the Elvis birthplace in Tupelo draws anywhere between 40,000 to 45,000 people a year.

The display is expected to continue through September 2015.


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