Aretha Franklin Fans Remember Queen of Soul at Public Viewing

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More 100 pink Cadillacs will be on hand for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday Aug. 31

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Over a two-day period, the viewing will allow admirers of the singer to share their fond memories with other fans.

Detroit wanted to give the Queen of Soul a send-off that 'would match her legacy'. "It's lovely. She's attractive".

Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life. One woman blew a kiss to Franklin, who was surrounded by massive arrangements of roses of different hues.

Franklin was dressed in red symbolic of her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but moved to Detroit as a small child as the city became a refuge for black Americans in the mid-20th century escaping racist Jim Crow segregation laws in southern states.

For all the formality, however, Owens says the viewings are meant to be welcoming and accessible for her legions of fans. "They really loved her, and she loved Detroit". Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion.

Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn't be more fitting.

While many fans hailed from Detroit, others had traveled in from all around the country for the opportunity to see Franklin while lying in state at the museum.

The vehicle which carried Franklin's body Tuesday also transported civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer David Ruffin in 1991.

The Queen of Soul was, Ms Seniors said, "a singer of the universe". "Think" is billed as "a tribute to the Queen of Soul", and is scheduled to run from September 21 to January 21, 2019.

She married and divorced twice, and had four sons, including two by the time she was 15 years old.

"If you ever received flowers from my aunt they would be big, handsome arrangements", Owens said. "She's always been here".

"[Older family members] would listen to her music", he said. "She would take care of the expenses - and usually in full without being asked or prompted to do so".

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