Untitled (Elvis and Priscilla), from the portfolio Graceland

William Eggleston (born 1939)
Dye transfer print, 1983 (printed 1984)

Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of Amy Loeserman Klein
© Eggleston Artistic Trust and Cheim & Read, New York

Purchased in 1957 by Elvis in order to gain greater privacy, Graceland was home to Elvis’s family until the last living Presley relative who inhabited the mansion—Elvis’s aunt, Delta Presley-Biggs—died in 1993. Priscilla Beaulieu had moved into Graceland when she was still a teenager; she and Elvis were married in 1967, and their daughter, Lisa Marie, was born in 1968. Although Elvis and Priscilla were divorced in 1973, Priscilla was a trustee of Elvis’s estate upon his death in 1977, and she was involved in the process of opening Graceland to the public in 1982.

Paul Simon sings “I'm going to Graceland,/ for reasons I cannot explain/ there's some part of me wants to see Graceland.” For almost three decades, Graceland has been the second-most-visited private residence in America, behind only the White House in annual attendance. Elvis’s home is the architectural echo of his life; it is also his final resting place.