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Insiders Artifact: Menu from Elvis' 1956 Tupelo Homecoming

September 26, 2012

One of the most iconic moments in Elvis' career happened in his childhood hometown on September 26, 1956. Elvis performed two shows at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo, MS, the same fair he performed at when he was 10 years old. Elvis arrived with his parents to a day-long celebration where he was greeted with a large banner that read "Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home." Tupelo Mayor James Ballard presented Elvis with a guitar-shaped key to the city and Mississippi Governor J.P. Coleman read a list of Elvis' many charitable contributions and accomplishments naming Elvis, "America's Number One Entertainer." A popular restaurant called Rex Plaza served "Elvis Presley Specials with 'Don't Be Cruel' prices" which included the "Love Me Tender" steak and "Heart Break Hotel" cobbler, among other Elvis inspired dishes and sides. This week's Insiders artifact features the entire Rex Plaza menu created for Elvis' Tupelo Homecoming in 1956.

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