Janet & Randy Take Emotional Trip To Their Old Gary, IN Family Home For 1st Time In 43 Yrs

Posted On : October 31, 2017
Throwback photo of he Jacksons inside their Gary, IN home

The Jackson family has come a long way from Gary, Indiana. They’ve traveled the world and been many places people could only dream of. But despite everywhere they’ve been, they haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings which is why they recently took a trip down memory lane when they traveled back to Gary for the first time in 43 years. According to People magazine, Janet and Randy Jackson recently visited their childhood home.

Going Home:

On Friday, Oct. 27, the day after her State of the World concert in Chicago, Janet Jackson made a pit stop in Gary, Indiana. While in Gary, the legendary performer spoke briefly with Northwest Indiana Times.

Janet and Randy waving to fans outside of their childhood home at 2300 Jackson St.

During the interview, she shared her reaction to seeing her childhood home for the first time in more than 40 years. “When I saw the house … I just started crying,” she said Friday, according to the publication. “Me and my family are so blessed. I’m so thankful.” Janet, now 51, revealed the last time she visited Gary she was only 8-years-old. After the Jackson 5 recorded their first album, the family relocated to Los Angeles, CA. At that time, Janet was just a toddler. But although she doesn’t remember much about Gary, she still considers it part of her humble beginnings as it was for her brothers.

(Video) Visiting Roosevelt:

In addition to stopping by 2300 Jackson Street, Janet and Randy also visited Roosevelt High where their older siblings Jackie and Rebbie attended school. Randy also expressed the importance of their visit in Gary. “We wanted to come here and visit Roosevelt,” Randy said. When we left (Gary) all we had was love and a dream,” Randy added.

At the school, the students had the opportunity to ask Janet a few questions about her career. The singer also spoke fondly of her childhood and the times she shared with her siblings. “I miss those times when I was with my brothers and sisters and we would all be performing together,” she said.

Of course, Janet was questioned by students aspiring to achieve success in the music industry. She and Randy offered excellent advice. Randy said, “Be the best you can be, work hard and keep God in it.” Janet added, “Yes, that’s most important. Always keep God close to you.”

Throwback photo of Rebbie and Katherine Jackson outside their Gary, IN home

Despite the monumental success the Jacksons have seen over the years, 2300 Jackson Street will always be home.