A memorial for Aretha Franklin has been announced, following the singer’s death at the age of 76 on August 16. A public viewing will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28 and 29, open from 9am to 9pm each day. Her private funeral, for only friends and family, will take place two days after the public viewing ends, on August 31.
Holding the memorial at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History situates it in the Queen of Soul’s hometown of Detroit, where people have been publicly mourning the loss.
Many public figures including the Obamas – who have previously appeared at Franklin’s events – Quincy Jones, and Paul McCartney have also paid tribute to the singer in the past few days, with the former president saying that “every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine”.
From the time that Dinah Washington 1st told me that Aretha was the “next one” when she was 12-years old, until the present day, Aretha Franklin set the bar & she did it with the professionalism, class, grace, & humility that only a true Queen could... 📸: Hassan pic.twitter.com/IjT6I7NH1D