Aretha Franklin‘s family has announced a public memorial in her hometown of Detroit, which will be held in the city’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
According to TMZ, the casket of the legendary soul singer will be open for fans to pay their respects. While an official date for the memorial hasn’t been set, Franklin’s family reportedly wanted a service held at this location because a traditional church service just won’t cut the mustard due to the projected turnout. Civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ memorial service was also held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in 2005.
Memorials for Franklin were held throughout her hometown, and displays of photographs were shown at Detroit venues like the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena.
Aretha Franklin lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Thursday (Aug. 16) at the age of 76. She was surrounded by family in Detroit, and Stevie Wonder reportedly paid her a visit before her passing. Musicians such as Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill and more paid their respects.
According to sources, a tribute concert to the iconic singer organized by Clive Davis was in the works before Franklin’s passing.
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