Michael Jackson's hometown Gary, Ind. hosts 3-day celebration

August 30, 2013 1:38:16 PM PDT
A three-day celebration of singer Michael Jackson's life is underway in his hometown. His mother and two sons attended the kickoff.

It's taking place outside the Gary, Indiana home where Jackson lived as a child.

Organizers say Jackson's mother Katherine wanted to give back to the Jackson's home town while honoring her son. She watched Thursday's performers along with her grandsons, Prince and Blanket.

A photo exhibit that includes rare images of Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five has also opened this week in Gary. Thursday would have been the King of Pop's 55th birthday.