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Jackson Memorial in Gary Set to Be Another Big Tribute

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Jul 10, 2009 | 9:38am EDT

Michael Jackson's father Joe and civil rights leaders Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson will be a part of a memorial to the King of Pop in his hometown Gary, Indiana.

The trio will join city Mayor Rudy Clay in paying tribute to the late superstar at the Steelyard Stadium, where Gary native Deneice Williams, who attended the late star's Los Angeles memorial on Tuesday, Joe Jackson's business partner Marshall Thompson and his soul group the Chi-Lites, Quiet Storm and local acts will perform Jackson tunes in front of an expected 6,000 fans.

The four-hour event is free to fans and will culminate with a performance of Jackson's charity anthem “We Are the World” by the 500 Voice Choir.

Organizers have refused to confirm or deny reports that Jackson will lie in state at the memorial, but a spokeswoman for Mayor Clay has revealed that city officials have asked Joe Jackson to bring his son's body to Gary, where the King of Pop spent the first 11 years of his life.

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