I never would have imagined the Tupelo Automobile Museum would feature a world-class collection of cars. But I also didn’t know just how much the Northeast Mississippi city has going on until a recent visit showed us Tupelo is more than just the birthplace of Elvis Presley. I’m not a car buff or historian by any means, but I’m now a fan of the museum.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, Miss., has a pretty good slogan on its website that reads, in part, “We all know about the mansion called Graceland. We all know how it ended. This is how it began.” As an Elvis fan, long-ago part-time employee at Graceland and full-time Memphis resident, I know about the story of the king of rock ‘n’ roll. I traveled an hour and a half south of Memphis to Tupelo to learn more about how the story began.