Aretha's Farewell: fans pay homage to star in gold coffin

31 August, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Norman Carr
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Aretha's body will remain on display to the public until Thursday, when preparations will begin for her funeral at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery.

The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which ran with the red dress she wore Tuesday.

A public viewing for Aretha Franklin continues at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The late legendary Aretha Franklin is set to be honored with a private funeral service in Detroit on Friday, August 31.

Thousands of fans paid their respects at the open, golden casket of the U.S. music icon and "Queen of Soul", who lay in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday. "She loved that", Greater Grace Temple Bishop Charles Ellis III said.

The two-day viewing was part of a week of commemorations for the legend, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer. The strains of Franklin's gospel recordings echoed in the airy space.


Hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin at a packed ceremony that capped a day of mourning in Detroit.

A marathon funeral with an all-star list of speakers and performers was scheduled for Friday. She downplayed the singer's multiple outfits, calling them "just natural changes in wardrobe that a queen would make".

"I think it's going to be a time of sadness, a time of joy, a time of laughter, there's going to be some dancing", he told AFP.

"She did so much for music; she did so much for women's rights; she did so much for civil rights", Swift said in comments that we taped by fans and posted on social media.

"I guess she touched so many hearts, you see people crying, you see people just smiling and singing her songs".

"She was intertwined in all of our lives", she said, adding that her love for the singer "started with "Respect". "She is the reason why women want to sing".

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