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January 04, 2016  Biz Buzz  / Elvis Express Radio
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The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience will honor Elvis Presley with  a Hollywood-style “Walk of Fame” star at the MAEE in Meridian. elvis-presley

Details will be unveiled Friday at the annual birthday celebration at the  Elvis Birthplace & Museum in Tupelo on Friday. Elvis would have been 81.

A public ceremony for the placement of a permanent Elvis star on the Walk of Fame is expected to be on Jan. 19 in Meridian.

Tommy Dulaney, president of the MAEE’s board of directors, will present information about the project and the Elvis star placement during the birthday ceremony, which begins at 1
p.m. He will be joined in the presentation by Marty Gamblin, executive director of the MAEE, as well as others associated with the project. The event is free and open to the public.

“This presentation is a welcome addition to our annual celebration and certainly if you think about Mississippi in terms of music and entertainment you think about Elvis Presley
almost immediately,” said Dick Guyton, the Birthplace executive director. “We also appreciate the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Alliance for their partnering with the MAEE to
bring this ceremony to the birthplace.”

The MAEE is a state-wide project which selected Meridian as the location of the $45 million, 58,000-square-foot facility which will include more than 20,000 square feet of exhibition
space, state sanctioned Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, broadcast studio, art studio, outdoor stage and courtyard.

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

The MAEE is expected to open during 2017 to help celebrate Mississippi’s bi-centennial and will be located on Front Street in Downtown Meridian near the famous Weidmann’s