Elvis Presley among five chosen for Mississippi Hall of Fame

FILE PHOTO In this March 3, 2016, photo, a restored neon sign from the defunct Normandie Motel glows along Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas. For decades, Las Vegas has loved Elvis Presley. But the King's presence in modern day Sin City has lately been diminishing. (AP Photo/John Locher)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and four others are being named to the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

The board of the state Department of Archives and History met this month and selected the inductees: Evelyn Gandy, the first woman elected lieutenant governor of the state; Dr. James Hardy, who was a transplant surgeon; former state Rep. Aaron Henry, who was a civil-rights activist; rocker Elvis Presley; and Ida B. Wells, a journalist and women’s rights advocate.

The Hall of Fame includes 136 artists, activists, political leaders and others. New members are selected once every five years, and each group is limited to five inductees.

Those chosen can be either native-born Mississippians or people who moved to the state. They must have been dead at least five years.


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