Aretha Franklin: Inside the Extravagant Public Viewing Honoring the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Inside the Extravagant Public Viewing Honoring the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Inside the Extravagant Public Viewing Honoring the Queen of Soul

Detroit's Greater Grace Temple is calling on pink Cadillac owners to line up before Friday's funeral to make a "Freeway of Love" in Franklin's memory.

Seniors says the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".

The Wright museum, founded in 1965, was the largest African American museum in the country until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.

Aretha Franklin died August 16 of pancreatic cancer.

"She's the Queen", said Howard, 50, who arrived at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The roses that surround the casket, Owens said, reflected her love for the flower and her propensity to send arrangements "in grand fashion".

According to the sorority, Franklin was initiated as an honorary member in 1992 in New York City.

Swanson, whose family has been in the funeral services business for 60 years, said they were "honored to be able to help" as they did when the "Queen of of Soul" lost her dad.

One of those fans, Cheryl Matthews, never met Franklin but felt close - and hurt by the loss.

"When we were little girls, we would all dress up a little and sing her songs in the living room", said Teresa Massey Walker, 48, who came from Buffalo, N.Y., to pay her respects.

Hundreds of fans lined up to pay their last respect to USA soul legend, Aretha Franklin, at the start of a two-day public viewing in Detroit on Tuesday, broadcaster NBC News reported.

Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn't be more fitting.

For all the formality, however, Owens says the viewings are meant to be welcoming and accessible for her legions of fans. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is "being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States".

The vehicle that carried Franklin's body Tuesday also transported civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer David Ruffin in 1991.

"I sort of had pre-information that it was going down and [that Franklin's health] was getting worse, and it's just been really hard", said Thimes, whose late father, radio legend Lou "Fatha" Thimes, promoted a couple of Franklin's St. Louis concerts decades ago.

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