Historical photo explained by local restaurateur

Historical photo explained by local restaurateur

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A local restaurateur and author spoke Tuesday at Main Street United Methodist Church about an antique photograph.

"When Nixon Met Elvis" portrays a meeting between President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley just days before Christmas in 1970.

"It's the events that led up to those two meeting are a little crazy once you get into the details of it," said Robert St. John.

National Archives Historical writer Ellen Fried describes simply an image of two famous men.

"They're not doing much, really- just standing there, clasping hands, smiling for the camera," Fried wrote.

However, this photograph is the currently one of the most requested images in the library, according to National Archives records.

Fried wrote that the men met to discuss Presley's concerns with the problems facing the county and his interest in helping.

The full story of the meeting is displayed in the online exhibit "When Nixon Met Elvis," which can be found here.

An upcoming historical drama, Elvis & Nixon, details the meeting between Nixon (Kevin Spacey) and Presley (Micheal Shannon).