After she died on 16 August, Aretha Franklin was remembered by fans on Tuesday at a service in Detroit. As her body was taken in a gold casket to prepare for its two-day stay at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday, followers of the singer lined the streets. Signs, flowers and placards took up residence as six pallbearers carried the casket into the museum – the venue in Detroit chosen to reflect Aretha’s contribution to the civil rights movement.
Her body now lies in state in an open casket, and fans can view her body before a memorial on Thursday and formal funeral on Friday – which will be attended by close friends and family only. CNN reported many waiting in line claimed a niece of Aretha’s showed up early with burgers, water and t-shirts to thank the fans who were waiting to see their idol one last time this week.
Following the public viewing and memorials, Aretha will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy in New York. The legend died at the age of 76 earlier this month following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
It’s said former President Bill Clinton will speak at Aretha’s memorial, at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, in Detroit, later this week on 30 August. Her funeral will be held the next day at Greater Grace Temple, with Stevie Wonder rumoured to be performing at the intimate gathering