Published Jun 02, 2010It was just a matter of time, really. What with Michael Jackson having been arguably the most recognizable figure ever in pop music and his father, Joe Jackson, being one of the most money-grubbing and callous, there was destined to be some kind of Michael Jackson tourist attraction, and now that's just what we're getting.
Joe Jackson and the mayor of Gary, IN announced today (June 2) that they will unveil a "major step forward" in their plans to construct a Michael Jackson Museum and Arts Centre in the singer's hometown.
As CNN reports, Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has claimed that the proposed centre would bring upwards of half-a-million visitors to the Indiana city, bringing a potential income of $100 to $150 million to the community.
The Jackson Family Museum and Michael Jackson Performing Arts Center would also create hundreds of construction jobs, and when the project was complete, thousands of full-time jobs for Gary residents.
All ten of Joe and Katherine Jackson's children were born in Gary, where their home at 2300 Jackson St. is still visited by tourists. Michael Jackson, the third youngest and easily the most recognizable, passed away at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009.