Aretha Franklin: Inside the Extravagant Public Viewing Honoring the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin: Inside the Extravagant Public Viewing Honoring the Queen of Soul

- Bishop T.D. Jakes will be among the people who speak at Aretha Franklin's funeral.

Well-wishers are arriving at the culturally significant Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, where the Queen of Soul's body is lying in state. The legendary Aretha Franklin's funeral has officially begun, and TMZ reports that her open casket will be available for viewing for a few days.

Carolyn Adkisson, 52, of Detroit said she grew up with one of Franklin's sons, and attended high school with him.

On Aug. 16, Franklin died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life.

"She's coming, she's not coming", he said.

Swanson, whose family has been in the funeral services business for 60 years, said they were "honored to be able to help", as they did when Franklin lost her dad.

"She's the Queen", said Howard, 50, who arrived at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Popp told CNN he's been asked to display the auto at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as drive in the Franklin's funeral procession on Friday.

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Mourners gathered at the Charles H. Wright Museum Museum of African American History today to pay their final respects to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Occasionally the crowd burst into song. Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion.

The Las Vegas resident joined other fans who sang, hugged and shared their memories of the Queen of Soul.

Hundreds of music lovers slept on the sidewalk overnight to ensure they were among the first to say a farewell to the global star, who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this month.

The setting for the viewings could not be more fitting, according to Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech.

The vehicle that carried Franklin's body Tuesday also transported civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer David Ruffin in 1991.

It will be held at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan and her body will be entombed at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Seniors said Franklin was "a singer of the universe" and was also "so unapologetically black" and "so proud of being a black woman".

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