Aretha Franklin's funeral: Everything you need to know

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The shoes, in particular, show "The Queen of Soul is diva to the end", Green said.

The body of the legendary singer was to lie in honor for public visitation Tuesday and Wednesday at the museum.

Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the inaugural gala for President Bill Clinton in Washington.

Mourners poured into the museum to pay their final respects to Franklin, who died August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

Many of those whose lives were touched by Aretha Franklin are gathering in the Queen of Soul's hometown of Detroit, Michigan, for her days-long funeral.


"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria Virginia, when she saw the auto pull up with the gold casket inside.

For all the formality, however, Owens says the viewings are meant to be welcoming and accessible for her legions of fans.

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

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.

Franklin won 18 Grammy awards and provided a soundtrack to the civil rights movement, singing for free to raise money for the cause and uplifting activists with her phenomenal voice and upbeat anthems.


A public viewing for the Queen of Soul is being held in the rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Franklin's music filled the otherwise quiet room, and dozens of large floral arrangements including powder pink and lavender roses surrounded the hall, final gifts from her closest relatives and friends.

The vehicle which carried Franklin's body Tuesday also transported civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer David Ruffin in 1991. By 8 a.m., as many as 200 people were lined up outside.

"It was nothing for Miss Franklin to call us", she said. She says while she never met Franklin, it felt like she could be a sister or an aunt because "she's always been here".

"I sort of had pre-information that it was going down and [that Franklin's health] was getting worse, and it's just been really hard", said Thimes, whose late father, radio legend Lou "Fatha" Thimes, promoted a couple of Franklin's St. Louis concerts decades ago. "She deserves the very best".


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