Home at last: Emotional Haggard accompanies boxcar to museum

Merle Haggard and his sister Lillian Haggard Rea hold an angel that will lie on the foundation underneath the boxcar home they both grew up in once it is in place at the Kern County Museum. "I wanted an angel to watch over the home," said Dianne Sharman, who helped organize the effort to preserve the Haggards' home.

With their childhood home sitting on a flatbed nearby, Merle Haggard and his sister carefully climbed up on the raised foundation near the train tracks at the Kern County Museum and searched for a private moment together as dozens of observers, fanning themselves in the brutal heat, kept a respectful distance.

“This is a blessing to our parents because they’re not here to do it,” Lillian Haggard Rea, 94, told her brother.

“I never saw that window before,” Haggard remarked, pointing to the front of the boxcar his mother and father converted into

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