Fans stream in for second day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

Fans stream in for second day of Aretha Franklin public viewing

The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on Aug 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists.

A public viewing for Aretha Franklin continues at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Her funeral will be held Friday at Greater Grace Temple. James will reportedly "have a front-row pew" at the service, while Thomas is scheduled to speak.

"She never forgot from which she came", Penn said.

"What you see with her is what you get", Owens said.

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"That's the strength of the bond we have, making sure as black women we support each other", Smith said. Said a museum official, "It was important that Aretha take her place next to them and lie in state there".

"Last week we lost an irreplaceable force", Swift said, as shown through audience-shot video of the salute.

On the first day of her public viewing ahead of her funeral services on Friday, Franklin was resplendent in her sorority's signature crimson.

The Wright Museum is a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life.

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Ms Jefferson remembers lying in bed, listening to music, when her CD began to skip and repeat one particularly famous Franklin refrain: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me". Right on Franklin's casket were words: "Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul".

The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha".

"I think it's going to be a time of sadness, a time of joy, a time of laughter, there's going to be some dancing", he told AFP. Many wore T-shirts with her image, or clutched photos or her favorite flower, a rose.

O'Neil Swanson II of the Swanson Funeral Home handed out memorial cards Tuesday to those waiting to view Franklin's body.

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