Tributes pour in for Aretha Franklin
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Fans have ventured from all over the country to Detroit for their last homage to Aretha Franklin, just a few days before her Friday funeral, which is closed to the public.
On Tuesday morning, the fans of the late singer cast in Detroit, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to keep their eyes on Franklin, whose body lay in repose for two days, for the last time.
Fans from as far as Las Vegas and Miami have flocked to the Motor City to stare at the Queen of Soul in her gilded coffin. While fans paid their last respects to the soul queen, the signatory of the biggest hits echoed through the entire museum building, which was adorned with a huge bouquet of pink, purple and yellow roses.
Franklin is located in its gold-plated coffin as fans flock to her shows her at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
According to the Associated Press, the museum, member of the board of directors, Kelly Green, said that the goal was to create an environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.
“What we wanted to do, is a reflection of the Queen,” Green said. “It is wonderful. She is beautiful.”
Tammy Gibson, a fan to the memorial of Chicago, said she came about 5:30, But she came not alone, she soon made friends with the other mourners that the honour of the signatory with songs and stories.
Gibson, who grew up with Franklin’s music “playing” in her house said,”I know that people are sad, but it is just celebrate — the people sing and dance to her music. I saw the gold-plated coffin — it dawned on me: She is dead, but her legacy and her music will live forever”.
Fans of Franklin in the line-up in the museum for the public to view.
The setting for the public viewings could not be more appropriate, according to Paula Marie Seniors, a professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech.
“I think it’s incredibly important — they revered almost like a queen on one of the major black museums in the United States,” said Senior citizens, who visit the museum a few years ago, when she was in Detroit doing research.
The museum, which was the largest black museum in the united states, to the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington, D. C., in 2016, also hosted similar visits for civil rights icon Rosa Parks her 2005 death. In the further symbolic symmetry, Franklin sang at the Parks of the funeral, which was held in the same Detroit church of Franklin, and the singer will be buried in the same cemetery as Parks.
Franklin, whose recordings of such classics as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” made her the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, died on Thursday, August 16 from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Franklin died at her Detroit home at 9:50 pm
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the right words to express the pain in our hearts,” the singer’s family said in a statement to the Associated Press. “We have lost the matriarch and the rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and nephews and nieces knew no bounds.”
The funeral of the Queen of Soul will take place at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning with the expected performance of Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams.
In addition to celebrity artists, Bill Clinton, General Eric Holder, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and record mogul Clive Davis says to speak in the service, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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