DETROIT (AP) – The latest on the first day of a public viewing by Aretha Franklin in a famous Detroit Museum (all times local):
Hundreds of people queuing to pay their last respects to Aretha Franklin.
Fans outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit have talked about their memories of the Queen of the Soul wait before dawn Tuesday for the start of Public Viewing. Occasionally the crowd breaks into the song.
Many of them are in the line of Detroit, but others have traveled as far as Las Vegas and Miami.
Paula Marie Seniors says that the setting for public viewing Tuesday and Wednesday could not be more fitting. The Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech says that Franklin is "almost honored as a queen in one of the most important black museums in the United States."
Franklin died of pancreatic cancer on August 16 at the age of 76 years  ___
Thousands will be pouring into the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday at Aretha To pay their last respects to Franklin.
Paula Marie Seniors says about the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday could not be more appropriate. The Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech says that Franklin is "almost honored as a queen in one of the most important black museums in the United States."
Seniors says the Queen of Soul is "a singer in the universe." Yet she added Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76 on August 16, also "blatantly black" and "so proud of to be a black woman ".
The museum held a similar show for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her death in 2005.