“One of the most unique and memorable statues at Graceland is officially known as “Eternal Silence,” but is popularly called the “Statue of Death.”

The statue, created by sculptor Lorado Taft, adorns the final resting place of the appropriately named hotel owner and businessman Dexter Graves, a member of one of Chicago’s first families.

The brooding and menacing figure was once all black in color. Over the years, the black has mostly worn away, exposing the green, weathered metal beneath. Only one portion of it remains darkened — the face, which is hidden in the deepest folds of the figure’s robe.

The legend associated with the statue states that anyone who looks directly into the face of the statue will see the image of their own death. (It has also been said that the statue is impossible to photograph, and any camera pointed at will cease to operate. Obviously, that’s not true, as the statue is one of the most-photographed monuments at Graceland.)”

“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”
― Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology


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