Ariana Grande added to Aretha Franklin's funeral

31 August, 2018, 18:30 | Author: Eloise Houston
  • Aretha Franklin

Franklin's casket - believed to be solid bronze covered by 24-carat gold - had arrived Wednesday morning at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in a 1940 white LaSalle hearse, just as it did on Tuesday.

Franklin died earlier this month at the age of 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

An estimated 15,000 people came on Tuesday with a bigger crowd on Wednesday, one museum official told AFP.

On Wednesday her outfit was changed to a powdered blue dress. Franklin's body will be moved to the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was once the pastor, for a private visitation on Thursday (30Aug18), ahead of an all-star memorial concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre, featuring her friend Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Angie Stone. Two days before her death, Franklin was honored by Beyonce and Jay Z in Detroit.

Headliners include Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Angela Davis and Angie Stone.

The ceremony will apparently be viewable online and would feature performances from Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, and others. "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

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She said the singer looked handsome while lying in repose: "I don't know about red yesterday".

Museum board member Kelly Green said that her body had been dressed in red from head-to-toe to be "reflective" of the powerful woman she was.

"The city of Detroit loved her, this was her home and I think they're really showing her the love that she deserved", she said.

Swift is not the first superstar to pay tribute to Franklin in her hometown.

Her songs boomed out of loudspeakers near the venue. "Aretha Franklin did so much for music, she did so much for women's rights, she did so much for civil rights". The strains of Franklin's gospel recordings echoed in the airy space.

"Everybody is just so thrilled when they go in and come out", said Evelyn Couch, 65, a retired social worker who is handicapped, and who traveled 60 kilometers with her family. "She was one of those people where no matter what you said, no matter what glowing, positive thing you said about her, it would be an understatement".

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