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Jackson's family home in Gary, Ind., may be relocated


The home where Michael Jackson grew up in Gary, Ind.,could eventually be moved to another location in the town for a Jackson museum, the city's press secretary Lalosa Burns said Monday.

Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has talked with Joseph Jackson as recently as last year about opening a museum for the musical family, Burns said.

There are no official plans yet, but Burns said they would probably lift the building from its current location at West 23rd Avenue and Jackson Street and move it elsewhere in the city.

"That area is not conducive to high traffic," Burns said. "It's a residential neighborhood."

The former Jackson home was occupied until a few weeks ago when the current homeowners began renovating, Burns said. David Fossett, a cousin of the Jacksons, is the current owner, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune.

A memorial service will be held for Jackson in Gary late next week, and a "special event" will be held on July 3, Burns said. Clay hopes to have Jackson's body buried in Gary, but the Jackson family hasn't announced a decision.

-- Mark Milian

Mourners gather outside the boyhood home of pop star Michael Jackson Friday, June 26, 2009, in Gary, Ind.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Comments () | Archives (6)

i know how is like to lost a love one,d moment i heard micheal was no more i............i stil find it had to blive,i was speechless n im still speechles.wen i pray i tel god to grant him rest in his kingdom,i love u,ur music,xpecilly,heal d world n speechless,i ll continue to pray for u ,rest in perfect peace.may god give d family d strenght to bear d great loss. i missssssssss uuuuuuuuuuuuu micheal

i pray god almighty to grant u eternal happiness in his kingdom. i pray i ll b like u some day,ve dat good heart like u,soft hearted.to ve that feelings u had for all humans...........debbie. germany

I hope Michael is NOT buried in Gary. He never returned after leaving it when he was eleven years old. He never returned until 2003. He loved Neverland more.

MJ would never have wanted to be buried at Neverland either. He left Neverland because he felt it was tainted after the molestation trial. Why would you bury someone somewhere when they weren't even comfortable to live in a place when they were alive?

I am sorry for the Jacksons lost. MJ seemed so great and exspecially a great singer. Nobody could ever take his place. He will always be rememberd in everbodys heart. I loved his songs, they meant so much to people. To me it dosent seem like hes gone, it still feels like he still here in my heart. I will always miss yu Michael Jackson!!!!!!

I would like to see MJ's body preserved like King TUT; he is more popular. Then it could be placed in a glass mausoleum. I would make the journey from California to Gary, Ind to see the body. This could become a mecca for all of MJ's loyal fans. Jacksons please consider this as a fitting legacy.


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