EVLIS Presley's Graceland estate was sprayed with "Black Lives Matter" and "Defund the Police" graffiti overnight and into Tuesday morning.
The protest slogans were sprayed on a wall surrounding the King's mansion, according to the Commercial Appeal, a local newspaper.
Graceland, a signature Memphis landmark, was also branded with phrases such as "Abolish ICE" and "F**k Trump."
The graffiti covered hundreds of tributes to Elvis, which had been handwritten on the wall by fans over the years.
According to the Appeal, cleaners got to work removing the graffiti with power-washers by mid-morning Tuesday.
Between half a million and 750,000 visitors are said to head to Graceland annually.
The Levitt Shell concert venue, another Memphis landmark, was also sprayed with similar slogans – including "Eat the Rich," "Defund MPD [Memphis Police Department]," as well as tributes to Breonna Taylor, an 26-year-old African-American woman who was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
Elvis' estate — located on a stretch of Highway 51 South named “Elvis Presley Boulevard” — opened to the public in 1982.
The King lived on the site for 20 years, until his death on August 16, 1977, aged 42.
The graffiti was discovered on "901 Day," an unofficial celebration of Memphis culture that takes place on September 1, the date that can be rendered numerically as "9/01."
Natalie Wilson, executive director of the nonprofit Levitt Shell, said: "We wake up, excited to celebrate our city on 901 Day, and we see our beautiful historic landmark defaced with messages of pain. And that breaks our heart.
"We’re brokenhearted and devastated by this.
She added: "We want to be part of the conversation that helps heal our city.
"We want to see change happen. But how do we talk together, how do we ensure that the messages we provide are productive? This isn’t productive. People are trying to speak, and I get that, but we've got to come up with a better way."
Due to the building being a historic venue, the cost of repainting the Levitt Shell could be around $150,000, Memphis Police said.
On social media, posters debated whether the graffiti was the fault of left-wing "thugs," or if those looking to discredit Black Lives Matter protestors in the area were responsible.
Memphis Police have said they are investigating the vandalism.
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