New Elvis Statue Commissioned

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 tell 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.