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AUDIO: Celebrating the King: The Birthday of Elvis Presley, and the Future of Mississippi Entertainment

Tupelo, Miss– If Elvis Presley were still alive today, he’d be 81 years old. 

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo January 8th, 1935.  Here’s a little history about him:

Elvis made history, but now, the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience is making sure future generations know his story, by adding his star to their Walk of Fame.

The Walk of Fame is located in Meridian. And through the years, they’ve tried all they could to get the star dedicated on Elvis’s birthday. Finally, they came up with another solution.

“We could never get them here, because of his birthday, and events in Tupelo,” says Marty Gamblin, executive director of the MAEE, “so for the first time ever, we’re taking the star there, then putting it in the ground in Meridian on January 19th.”

The Walk of Fame is just part of a larger project, one that is finally coming to fruition. The MAEE Center will open in Meridian in November 2017. With 58,000 square feet, the facility is a statewide project that will include 20,000 feet of exhibitions, a Hall of Fame, the Walk of Fame, a broadcast studio, art studio, outdoor stage, and courtyard.

“Simply put,” says Gamblin, “this project is dedicated to celebrating the essence of our legacy in the arts by recognizing and honoring Mississippi’s music, literature, drama, dance, and the visual arts.”

“We will do this by incorporating the latest interactive and interpretive technology which will focus on six themes–the land, home, community, the church, the people, and the global community.”

The MAEE center is expected to open across from Wiedmann’s Restaurant in Meridian to help celebrate Mississippi’s bi-centennial.

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