DETROIT – The royal presence that Aretha Franklin radiated in her life was captured at her sight on Tuesday with the deceased Queen of the Soul in a gilded coffin clad in red, including high-heeled pumps that, as one person claimed was that she was a & # 39; diva until the end & # 39; was.
When Franklin's powerful vocals of classical gospel performances were directed by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit, the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Famer looked as if preparing for another performance , She wore earrings, red lipstick and red nail polish, and her hair was cut short. Her dress ̵
Mourners poured into the museum to pay their last respects to Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer on August 16, at the age of 76. The two-day visit was part of a memorial week for the legend, which will come to rest on Friday.
The Wright Museum is a cultural landmark in Detroit, where Franklin grew up and spent most of her life. Kelly Major Green, a museum board member, said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment, much like a church, the place where Franklin started.
"What we wanted to do is reflect the queen," said Green. & # 39; & # 39; It's beautiful. She is beautiful. "
Green said Franklin's attire and attitude convey both power and comfort as she did in life, especially the shoes show," The Queen of the Soul is diva to the end, "said Green. [19659002FanswanderedpastthecoffinsomeintearsandawomankissedFranklinsurroundedbymassivearrangementsofrosesofdifferentcolors
Owens said she planned to prepare for this week's celebration earlier this year.
Finally, she gave birth to the world, I felt that we needed to give her a proper farewell that would suit her legacy, "she said. "She loved the city of Detroit and the city of Detroit loved her."
Franklin was dressed in red, symbolizing her membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The service organization of predominantly black women planned a private ceremony in the museum in honor of Franklin Tuesday night
According to Paula Marie Seniors, an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech, the scope for the visits could not be more appropriate
" I think it's incredibly important – she's almost honored as a queen in one of the most important black museums in the United States, "Senior said.
The queen of the soul, seniors said "A singer of the universe." But she also added that Franklin was "so outrageously black – she was so proud to be a black woman."
Owens said the museum had provided services to many dignitaries, most notoriously Rosa Parks: "It was important for Aretha to take her place next to them and be in a state there."
Whatever the formality, Owens said that the visits for her legions of fans
"She respected her – she understood that she would not be who she is without her," she said.