On Monday, the city of Detroit began a week-long celebration of the life of the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Born amidst tragedies of family relocation, the separation of her parents, and the death of her mother, Franklin learned piano by ear and first started singing church solos at the age of ten.
Fans queued en masse Tuesday to pay their respects to legendary USA singer and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin, whose body lay in a golden casket dressed in a ruffled red dress and matching heels in Detroit.
The chosen museum for honouring Franklin these two days was also the location of a similar viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after she died in 2005.
A funeral ceremony will be held in Detroit on Friday, August 31.
Beloved by millions around the world, the "Queen of Soul" died on August 16 following an extraordinary six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists, also admired for her civil rights work.
"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria, Va., when she saw the auto pull up with the casket inside.
The Wright Museum is a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life. "And she said, 'Hi, Denise, this is Aretha Franklin'".
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Franklin will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett.
In her 1985 hit "Freeway of Love", Franklin sang about cruising in a pink Cadillac.
In her honor, the Music Hall plans to rename its Jazz Cafe "Aretha's Jazz Cafe", Paul said. She says while she never met Franklin, it felt like she could be a sister or an aunt because "she's always been here".
The roses that surround the casket, Owens said, reflected her love for the flower and her propensity to send arrangements "in grand fashion".
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.
"She personified it, she monetized it, she knew how to produce it, she knew how to arrange it where everybody liked it", he said.