Aretha Franklin's Family Planning Public Viewing at Detroit's African American History Museum: Report

Flowers and mementos are left at a growing memorial at Aretha Franklin’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The legendary soul singer passed away today in Detroit from pancreatic cancer at age 76.
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When Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away on Thursday at the age of 76, the tributes immediately started churning out. The legendary singer’s passing dominated the news cycle, social media lit up with pictures and heartfelt tributes from across the globe. In her hometown of Detroit, memorials were on display across some of the most famous buildings including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena.

It is an understatement to say that she will be missed, and her family probably anticipated that when planning out her funeral and how to give fans a chance to say goodbye.


According to TMZ, sources close to the family revealed that Ms. Aretha’s public viewing and memorial will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, to allow for more attendees than your average church. The location was not only chosen for its size, but due to the fact that the Queen often visited the museum.

As of now, no date for the memorial has been set, but, according to the site, the viewing is expected to be open casket, and of course, feature lots of singing.

Aretha isn't the only legend to lay in repose at the museum. Rosa Parks’ viewing was also held there when the civil rights icon passed in 2005.

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