Following Thursday's tribute concert, Franklin will be laid to rest on Friday during a six-and-a-half-hour-long funeral (we will be streaming it live right here).
"I wasn't even going to do it, but I wanted to see her again", said Ms Moorman, 57, as she waited with hundreds of others in a line that snaked around to the back of the museum and beyond.
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 body was delivered in a white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town and was set to remain there for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Swift is not the first superstar to pay tribute to Franklin in her hometown. The atmosphere outside the museum was festive, her music blaring out of loudspeakers as people danced and volunteers handed out water.
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The funeral will open with a viewing featuring recorded songs by Franklin. She downplayed the singer's multiple outfits, calling them "just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make". The interior is finished with champagne velvet with her tittle "Queen of Soul" and name "Aretha Franklin" embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread.
Swift went on to say that Franklin "was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement".
The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist father, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
She said the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".