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The Queen of Soul died August 16 at the age of 76 and is now being honored at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for a two-day public viewing.

Gina Moorman attended Tuesday night's sorority ceremony in Franklin's honor and returned Wednesday.

Herman Phillips, another fan who spent time at the viewing Wednesday, shared his own personal connection to Franklin.

"She loved Delta and its ideals ... she looked for the best in others".

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Completely befitting of the Queen of Soul's grace and pageantry, Aretha Franklin's final ride is in a stunning 1940 LaSalle hearse that previously carried her father as well as Rosa Parks. The 57-year-old Detroiter says, "I wanted to see her again".

"I think it's incredibly significant - she is being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States", she said.

Public viewing moves Thursday from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to New Bethel Baptist Church from noon to 4 p.m.

"I was in talks with the family prior to her passing".

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"Aretha Franklin was not only the Queen of Soul but also a civil rights icon and a champion for all Americans" access to health care", said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.

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

Franklin's songs and appearances with Martin Luther King Jr. helped to make her one of the faces of the Civil Rights Movement and her niece said she thought of Detroit's first black mayor Coleman A. Young and civil rights icon Rosa Park's services when she chose to have Franklin lie in repose. "I say, 'No, but I grew up with her!'" Ms Jones said.

"She was just so down to earth. I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said.

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"I would like it if we could have a moment of silence so that every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her and everything that she did in her life", Swift continued. Brenda Wallice of Atlanta said she could have done without the dancer dressed in an Aretha bouffant and a sparkly purple dress who twirled and lipsynched to Franklin's music as the line passed, handing out cards advertising her services.


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