The hearse that brought Aretha Franklin's body to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Tuesday has historical significance.
Crowds gathered overnight in Detroit to pay respects Tuesday to Aretha Franklin. There it will stay for two days to all the fans who come from all over the country could say goodbye to the star.
Fans are lining up to pay tribute to the late legend Aretha Franklin.
Carolyn Adkisson, 52, of Detroit said she grew up with one of Franklin's sons, and attended high school with him. Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion.
Franklin's casket is believed to be the special order Promethean Casket, which retails for $40,000 and is said to be the same style coffin that James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried in. Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson are among the many stars slated to honor Franklin with performances at the memorial events.
Green 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.
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Tammy Gibson, 49, from Chicago, said she arrived at about 5.30am.
"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria, Va., when she saw the vehicle pull up with the casket inside.
It's hard to separate the singer from the city, so you better think that her town is saying farewell in royal fashion to its Queen of Soul, with a concert, public viewings and a funeral that's expected to be attended by at least one former president, civil rights leaders and many other musical luminaries.
The setting for the viewings could not be more fitting, according to Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech. Yet she added Franklin, who died at age 76 on August 16 of pancreatic cancer, also was "so unapologetically black" and "so proud of being a black woman". 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".
Owens said the museum has held services for many dignitaries, most famously Rosa Parks: "It was important that Aretha take her place next to them and lie in state there".
Not only have the fans turned out in abundance, but so to have her musical contemporaries.