Museum a fitting host for Aretha Franklin's public viewings

31 August, 2018, 18:44 | Author: Sheri Evans
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16 after a battle with cancer, is lying in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan, where thousands of fans are stopping by to pay tribute to the singer.

Numerous fans slept all night on the sidewalk, hoping to be among the first into the museum. "I love her. Aretha Franklin, she always gives back".

Emotions ran high - both celebratory and sad - for those who embraced Franklin as a part of their extended family, even if they never met her in person.

They queued down the street and around the block before the museum opened with a steady flow trickling inside by mid-morning, an AFP reporter said.

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Green said.

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 Franklin lost her dad.

In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the NAACP Hall of Fame and the Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame.

The Wright Museum previously hosted a similar public viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death. "It turned into a four-day celebration of Aretha Franklin in the city of Detroit as it should be".

"She personified it, she monetized it, she knew how to produce it, she knew how to arrange it where everybody liked it", he said.

Six television trucks were parked nearby, including two satellite trucks parked in the median of East Warren Avenue. Her brother, Timothy Robinson, lives in Eastpointe and came with her about 9 p.m. Monday to get a good spot in line.

"The voice on the other end asked to speak with me, and I very begrudgingly said, 'Speaking, ' because I thought it was a telemarketer", Thimes said.

Franklin was dressed in red to symbolize her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

"She was real loving", Dorsey recalled. "Call Me" was my favorite".

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.

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