Vernon and Gladys lived in a 2 room shotgun shack, so called for being able to fire one in one door and out the window. The actual structure was likely long gone and a sample of the era has been painted, wallpapered and a porch swing added.
Gladys worked many jobs and is three months pregnant in the workforce photo from the Tupelo Garment Factory.
Tupelo child labour mid 1940s: the world in which Elvis Presley was born.
While living there, Vernon went to jail at the infamous Parchman Prison for altering a cheque – Gladys took young Elvis door to door to get signatures for an early release.
Tupelo also experienced a Tornado, which destroyed most of it.
The First Assembly Church of God, where Elvis learned showmanship.
The school kids who teased the girls: “Elvis likes you.”
Madeline Morgan, the first girl he left behind – Elvis altered his parent’s marriage certificate.
She said they held hands and kissed once, and she never knew: the 1st almost Mrs Elvis:
The family later did a midnight move out of town, drifting across a few states before settling in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis would return to perform 2 Homecoming Concerts in 1956 and in 1957.
$10,000 was raised to built an Elvis Presley Youth Centre, which was never built, to Elvis’ disappointment in the 1960s, when he took a group of pals to see what he’d come from.
In the 1970s, his Homecoming Concerts were in Memphis.
The Tupelo Elvis statues.
Roy Turner, Elvis Historian talks about Elvis in Tupelo– An EXCLUSIVE EIN … projects and was the author of the recent MRS book ‘Tupelo’s Own; Elvis Presley‘.