Aretha Franklin's Funeral to be Livestreamed This Friday

Tanya Cunningham
August 31, 2018

It's part of a week of mourning - and celebration - to honor Franklin, Detroit's hometown superstar, who died August 16 of advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

As the world continues to say goodbye to Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer, the sadness still felt particularly heavy for Thimes, who launched the Mildred Thimes Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer in honor of her mother in 1997.

On the museum grounds, a DJ mixed in Aretha's greatest hits, museum personnel passed out free water, and fans took pictures of the pink Cadillac and the white banner affixed to the front of the museum that read, "Honoring the Queen of Soul and worldwide Detroit treasure".

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Ms Green said. "She has a attractive smile".

She said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life. The casket is surrounded by roses of varying colors.

Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m.

"When we were little girls, we would all dress up a little and sing her songs in the living room", said Teresa Massey Walker, 48, who came from Buffalo, N.Y., to pay her respects.

The series of events includes tributes from famed musicians and political figures who knew Franklin well. "She touched so many people and it's just a blessing", he told Local 4 News.

"This city loves her", she said.

Franklin's gospel recordings played in the background as mourners paying their respect approached her casket, pausing as they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses to the late singer.

Sabrina Owens told The Associated Press on Tuesday the roses surrounding Franklin's gold-plated casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reflect her love for the flower and her propensity to send arrangements "in grand fashion".

According to the sorority, Franklin was initiated as an honorary member in 1992 in New York City. The service organization of predominantly black women planned a private ceremony Tuesday night in the museum in honour of Franklin. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is "being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States".

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