All MJ fans know that Gary, Indiana is the home town of the late music icon. But very few know that on his last visit to his home town in 2003, Michael was in talks to build a museum and arts center there. Hoping to realize his dream, MJ’s father, Joe Jackson, is now carrying this project forward. The project estimated to be worth $300 million will be dedicated to the late King of Pop and built next year. The project includes a Jackson Family Museum and Hotel and a Michael Jackson Performing Arts and Cultural Center and Theatres. The town’s Mayor, Rudy Clay, said the project would create thousands of jobs and, when finished, would bring at least 750,000 visitors a year to the city. When ready, the project is estimated to generate $100 million to $150 million in income for the community each year. Money to build the ambitious project is expected to come from investors and donations. Already the city has donated 300 acres of land for the project.
Joe Jackson downplayed his role in getting the project rolling by saying that he is mere “just carrying out his (MJ’s) legacy” by getting involved.