*Michael Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana is planning a tribute Friday at his former house to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.
Gary Mayor Rudy Clay says Katherine Jackson will attend the event along with her granddaughter, Genevieve Jackson, the daughter of Randy Jackson, reports the AP. The gathering will include speeches, performances and a candlelight vigil.
“We expect thousands to show up,” said city spokeswoman LaLosa Burns.
Workers at the house on Tuesday said Katherine wanted her former home spruced up for the event. She was in the city for several days recently and planned the renovation, Clay said.
The tiny house at 2300 Jackson Street already has a new roof, a fresh coat of white paint, newly poured concrete along the walkway and driveway and is surrounded by a black wrought iron fence. New sod was being installed and some bushes were awaiting planting.
“She wanted all of this done,” worker Nathaniel Donald said. “People from all over the world come here and she wanted it fixed up.”
Clay said the city hopes to make the memorial an annual event.
“This is where it all started,” he said. “Our love for the Jackson family and Michael began before they were famous and it is still entrenched.”