Opting for a little less talk and a lot more action, Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority has voted to invest 40-thousand dollars toward a statue of Elvis Presley that one day will grace the front of Municipal Auditorium. Hopes are to have the statue in place in time for the October 16th celebration of the 50th anniversary of the king of rock 'n' roll's first performance on the Louisiana Hayride.
The statue, which will become one of only a handful of Graceland-sanctioned Elvis statues worldwide, will cost 60-thousand dollars.
The remaining funds will be collected through donations, an initiative being led by the local Elvis' Angels Fan Club. So far, the group has raised a little more than 200 dollars. However, club president Dianne Patrick of Mooringsport says letters of support have been received from as far away as London, Ireland and Belgium.