Rare Photo: Gladys Presley's Original Gravesite at Forest Hill Cemetery — Mother of Elvis Presley

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Not quite right.

Great article, but just one detail is wrong. Most sources have stated that Glady's body was placed in the crypt under Elvis, but that was not true. Gladys was not dug up until the night in October when Elvis was taken from the mausoleum and her body was left for about two hours while the workmen got Elvis' casket out of the vault. Then the two caskets were loaded into two matching hearses for the ride to Graceland. (See the detailed article I wrote in Essential Elvis magazine for further details.) The story of Gladys being placed in a vault for two weeks was made up and purposely fed to the news reporters to hopefully protect Gladys' gravesite until she could be moved to Graceland.

Jim Cox 82 days ago

Elvis and gladys

I came about this looking for information about when the move was made from Forest Hill to Graceland. Can you send me a link to your article, where there ever any pictures? Thank you lifelong Elvis fan

Robert P Malerba 64 days ago

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