Michael Jackson's Hometown Memorial Service

Jul. 11 2009, Updated 12:48 p.m. ET

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It didn't have the star power of the Michael Jackson memorial service at L.A.'s Staples Center but the King of Pop's hometown of Gary, Indiana did host a moving and emotional tribute to its favorite son Friday night.

Michael's father Joe Jackson was there representing the family.  Joe was a steelworker in Gary before his kids hit it big as the Jackson 5. "This is where it all began," he told the crowd of 7500.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson introduced Joe at the podium.  A former Miss Indiana sang and a local dance troop performed to Michael's hits, and Mayor Ruby Clay spoke of his plans for a Jackson family museum.

(Photo: Wire Image)

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