Graceland to charge for annual vigil

by: Kristin Leigh

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Demonstrators who filed a discrimination lawsuit against Graceland told FOX13 they believe their protest last year may have led to this year’s security changes during Elvis Week.

In an email to FOX13 Thursday, Elvis Presley Enterprises confirmed what it called “updated security measures” during Elvis Week.

For the first time, Graceland will charge guests to participate in Elvis Week events that have historically been free, including the vigil on Tuesday, access to gift shops and restaurants on the property, and access to the entertainment tent.

An Elvis Week Property Pass wristband allows guests access to the typically non-ticketed venues. The wristband comes with any Graceland tour ticket. The lowest-priced ticket is $28.75, according to Graceland’s website.

“The monetization of the vigil now is a direct effect of what happened last year,” Keedran Franklin told FOX13.

Franklin participated in last year’s demonstration on Elvis Presley Blvd. the night of the annual vigil, when Elvis fans…

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