The Michael Jackson home in Indiana with a giant monument of the Icon is considered a tourist attraction as tourists yrarly troop inbthere to view it and also take photogrphs. The giant monument mysteriously taken from his childhood home has been replaced with a white board.
Janet Jackson, sister of the late pop star has been accused by neighbours in Gary, Indiana of removing the impressive plaque, although the family later claimed that it had been taken down temporarily and would be put back soon.
However, a year on and there’s no sign of the huge plaque but instead a paper message board has appeared in its place, hanging on the railings.
The missing monument: The stone was a mammoth epitaph to the King of Pop, engraved with the words ‘Never Can Say Good Bye’, and was a tourist attraction in the town of Gary, Indiana
The monument disappeared at the end of October last year and eagle-eyed locals said it was the same time as Janet came into town for her US tour – she was playing in nearby Chicago and visited the home the next day.
Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak said at the time: ‘I guess it was taken down to do a video shoot. They are planning to do some landscaping in the spring. Once they are done, they’ll bring it back.’
Now tourists are complaining about the missing plaque and accusing the family of theft. Claudia T on TripAdvisor wrote: ‘Sad that the plaque was removed from front yard by family. They should put it back!!’
The stone disappeared in October last year and locals suspect Janet Jackson of removing it, because she was in town at the time
The reverse side of the monument was adorned with pictures of Michael through the ages and a biography
Now all that can be seen at the site where the stone once stood is its foundation
Another, called Dialjo, was furious that the family had taken the most impressive thing about the house, saying: ‘There is really nothing to see but a gated house. There are a few plaques and a place to leave a message on a white-board. Bring your own marker – the one their (sic) is dry.’
The stone was a mammoth epitaph to the King of Pop and paid its respects to the singer on one side, engraved with the words ‘Never Can Say Good Bye’.
The other side was adorned with pictures of Michael through the ages and a biography.
Now the only sign that the house ever belonged to the Jacksons is a plaque in the pathway which says ‘In Loving Memory of Michael J Jackson – You Gave Us A Lifetime of Love’ from all the Jackson family.
The nine Jackson brothers and sisters, plus mum Katherine and dad Joe, lived at 2300 Jackson Street, all crammed into the two-bed house. Michael lived there until he was five years old.
One neighbor posted at the time of it going missing: ‘Just recently I noticed that the MJ memorial in the front yard has been removed.
‘To my knowledge, there has been no mention of where it went. It actually coincided with Janet’s time in the area performing in Chicago. I’m sure she might be able to shed some light on this. I’d be more than open to hear from her.