Elvis Plaque to be Rededicated

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(photo courtesy Indiana Historical Bureau) (photo courtesy Indiana Historical Bureau)

A special marker in downtown Indianapolis will Tuesday return to its original home. Indianapolis-based Flaherty & Collins Properties and the Taking Care of Presley Memorial Benefit Committee will rededicate the Elvis Presley Memorial Plaque, which had been moved for safekeeping during the construction of the 360 Market Square mixed-use development.

The plaque honors Elvis Presley's final concert at Market Square Arena on June 26, 1977. It was originally dedicated at the site of the former arena in 2002 and also includes a time capsule that features various items such as a cassette recording of the final concert.

"Elvis Presley continues to be a significant part of music and our culture, even almost 42 years since his passing," says Kay Lipps, who co-founded the Taking Care of Presley Memorial Benefit Committee. "I am pleased that the marker is being rededication to commemorate the face that Elvis’ final performance was at Market Square Arena and in our city."

Flaherty & Collins developed, owns and manages the 360 Market Square project, a 28-story building that features luxury apartments and retail space, including the new Whole Foods Market. Vice President of Development Jim Crossin says having the plaque located near the property is exciting because it is "important to honor and acknowledge the history of the site."

The company says the lobby of 360 Market Square features an art piece that displays ticket stubs from various sporting events and concerts that took place at Market Square Arena, including the Elvis concert.

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