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Gary, Indiana: Birthplace of Michael Jackson

Fenced-in tiny ranch house at the southwest corner of 23rd Ave. and Jackson St. An impressive granite memorial in the yard disappeared in Oct. 2017; now there's just a white board for messages hanging on the fence.

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Birthplace of Michael Jackson

Underwhelming. Large stone memorial no longer there. The only way to tell it was MJ's home is because it's the nicest looking one in the neighborhood with a metal fence around it.

[E. Ross, 03/22/2021]

This one-time eagerly anticipated attraction-shrine has been in its current state of unsatisfying limbo for over three years.

Birthplace of Michael Jackson

The house and yard are beautifully maintained as well as the garage next door, but the property is gated and can only be seen from the outside. The granite monument in the front yard is really interesting. Unfortunately, the rest of the neighborhood is nothing to look at. It's worth a short trip if you're in that area anyway.

[Melissa, 07/31/2015]

Michael Jackson memorial.

Birthplace of Michael Jackson

The home now has a large granite memorial outside, and the windows are all shuttered. Property is kept up beautifully while many surrounding homes are burned out/condemned.

[Rachel Ford, 08/10/2014]
Birthplace of Michael Jackson

Worthwhile visit. Make sure to make the trip during the day. Town is full of abandoned and boarded up homes and businesses. Also missing/changed street signs add an additional navigation challenge.

[Karen and Matt, 02/13/2011]

Michael Jackson home.

Birthplace of Michael Jackson

Worth a stop, and probably a detour, just to appreciate how modest (and that's being generous) the Jackson family beginnings were... Makes for a pretty amazing American story once you can appreciate its start.

[Jason & Mary Berry, 02/14/2010]

Birthplace of Michael Jackson

2300 Jackson St., Gary, IN
I-80/94 exit 10. Drive north on Broadway for four blocks, turn left onto W. 23rd Ave. for six blocks. On the left, just past Jackson St.
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