Aretha Franklin’s Casket Arrives In Detroit For Public Viewing

Aretha Franklin’s Casket Arrives In Detroit For Public Viewing

Two days of public viewings for Aretha Franklin are under way in Detroit. "I got in line at 4 p.m. on Monday". Many of those in line were from Detroit, but others traveled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.

Thousands of fans are expected to pay their respects to Aretha Franklin, the so-called Queen of Soul, who died almost two weeks ago.

Franklin's body will lie in repose at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday, befitting a queen who was known as much in the black community as a civil rights symbol as she was for her music.

The singer was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Detroit when she was five.

The funeral will see the legendary artist's family and closest friends say goodbye to the singer in the private event. But she represented and pushed for both in ways big and small - none, perhaps, more prominently or simultaneously as her mold-breaking take on the Otis Redding song, "Respect". "I came with my mom to make sure she was OK".

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People stood subdued on the marble floor to gaze at the roped-off musical icon, resplendent in her finery and ankles crossed in red pumps.

Museum board member Kelly Major Green said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.

The mum-of-four died surrounded by loved ones in the town where she grew up, publicist Gwendolyn Quinn announced.

Stuart Popp, who drove from Plymouth, Michigan in his pink 1956 Cadillac Grand Seville, was greeted by the crowd singing Franklin's hit, "Freeway of Love".

Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit, said Tuesday her family has always been close with the Franklin family.

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"I saw the gold-plated casket - it dawned on me: She's gone, but her legacy and her music will live on forever".

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said she began planning this week's festivities earlier this year. "She gave so much to this world and she is worth it". "We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family".

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine put her at the top of its list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, male or female.

"It was just pleasing to my soul", McIntyre said. "Because she touched your soul". He says Franklin's music gave him hope at a hard time in his life.

Now that she is gone, Paul said that to him, Aretha Franklin embodied soul music.

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