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

June 30, 2009 |  8:18 pm


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)