Jackson’s hometown donates land for museum / Jackson memorial moved to 2300 Jackson Street
Rudy Clay, right, describes plans for the proposed Michael Jacksonmuseum during a news conference Wednesday in Gary, Ind., as Joe
Jackson, the late singer’s father, looks on. (John Smierciak/Associated Press)
Jackson’s father joined officials in the late pop singer’s Indiana
hometown on Wednesday to announce plans for a $300 million US museum
and arts centre in his honour.
"This is a happy day for me because this is something that my family
and Michael have always wanted," Joe Jackson said. "We’re bringing
something back [to Gary, Ind.]."
Jackson said he was "just carrying out [his son’s] legacy" by getting involved.
"This project will be the magnet that will draw people from all over
the world," said Gary Mayor Rudy Clay in announcing that about 300 acres of city property would be donated for the centre.
He estimated that the project would create thousands of jobs, draw
hundreds of thousands of visitors to the financially struggling city
and generate more than $100 million US for the community.
Money for the project — which entails a Jackson family museum as
well as a performing arts centre and theatre facility named after
Michael Jackson — will come from investors and donations, Clay added.
All of Joe and Katherine Jackson’s children were born in Gary. The
family moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s, spurred by the success of the
The late King of Pop last visited Gary in 2003 to discuss building a
museum and cultural centre. No progress was made before his sudden
death in June 2009.
Michael Jackson monument that was unveiled last year and that was
housed at the Southshore Railcats stadium, has been moved to the
boyhood home of Michael Jackson at 2300 Jackson Street.