Aretha Franklin’s Casket Arrives In Detroit For Public Viewing

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Her sequined dress, pointed heels, lipstick and earrings were all a matching ruby red.

Latonya McIntrye, 43, of Las Vegas also flew in to pay her respects.

"Aretha Franklin is a giant of soul music and an American National treasure who continued to be revered around the globe".

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Ms Green said. "It's attractive. She's attractive".

On Tuesday's talk show, Thimes shared with listeners both her memories of Franklin, who passed away earlier this month, and several of her favorite songs from the music icon's repertoire.

Fans can viewed Franklin's body at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and again from 9 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

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A vintage LaSalle hearse that carried the body of Aretha Franklin sits outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History where a public viewing was being held on August 28, 2018, in Detroit.

Tammy Gibson, 49, from Chicago, said she arrived at about 5.30am. Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion.

Not only have the fans turned out in abundance, but so to have her musical contemporaries.

And while she didn't get the chance to sing for Franklin as a child, that opportunity did eventually come her way - in an unexpected fashion. "She went through the back door so people who look like me could go through the front door".

The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend, who will be laid to rest on Friday.

Thousands of fans are paying their respects to Aretha Franklin at a public viewing in Detroit.

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A family is photographed beneath a mural in tribute to the late singer Aretha Franklin outside the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Seniors says the Queen of Soul was "a singer of the universe".

Ms. Franklin died last week at age 76 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

To be sure, Franklin did not consider herself a catalyst for the women's movement or on the front lines of the fight for civil rights.

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.

The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.

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