Hundreds of Aretha Franklin waited in line for hours at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit yesterday to pay their respects to the late singer. Some even camped out overnight to guarantee they’d get a chance to say their goodbye.
Appropriately, the Queen of Soul’s body arrived at the museum in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse, which had previously carried the singer’s father, Rec. C.L. Franklin, as well as civil rights icon Rosa Parks following their deaths.
Displayed in a gold casket which has gold thread that spells out “Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul” in the lining, Miss Aretha is surrounded by massive bouquets of roses. She's also dressed in a red suit with crimson satin pumps, and her gospel music plays in the background.
The public will once again be able to pay their respects to Aretha at the museum today, with her funeral set to take place Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit According to the Detroit Free Press, the funeral, which will feature performances by Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Ronald Isley, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Fantasia and Yolanda Adams, will be broadcast live on several Detroit TV stations, with CNN and Fox News also airing portions of the service. In addition, the complete service will be live-streamed via the Associated Press.Speakers at the funeral will include President Bill Clinton, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Cicely Tyson, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Michigan Governor Rick Snyderand former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.