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Jackson Museum May Be Resurrected

Details remain sketchy at best



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    Michael Jackson's Gary museum could have new life.

    This might be it.

    The mayor of Gary, Indiana, could float a plan today to build a replica of Michael Jackson’s boyhood home in Gary’s downtown as part of a museum for the King of Pop that could help revitalize the city.

    That’s the speculation, at least, according to Chicago Breaking News Center. Details remain sketchy at best.

    Gary has been trying to capitalize on Michael Jackson's death since the pop star overdosed on anesthesia in June.

    What is known is that Mayor Rudy Clay is in Las Vegas with Michael Jackson's father, Joe, and the two plan to make an announcement about a Jackson museum Wednesday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas is a fitting venue for the announcement, because the museum is a gamble for the city.  As late as August developers for the performing arts center were considering locations in Las Vegas, Chicago and Gary. That’s two world-class cities, and Gary.

    Clay has been tight-lipped about what he might say about the museum this afternoon. Not one member of the Gary city council has seen any plans, and some say the idea is just a bunch of hot air.

    Chuck Hughes, executive director of the Gary Chamber of Commerce, however, said Clay showed him sketches of the proposed museum a few weeks ago. The downtown project might include a Jackson museum, and a performing arts center and a hotel.

    Michael Jackson’s feature film, “This Is It” debuted this week.