Aretha Franklin

Metro Detroiters Honor Aretha Franklin at Motown Museum

August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin fans are gathering at the Motown Museum this weekend to pay RESPECT to the Queen of Soul.

By Sylvia Jarrus

Aretha Franklin’s soulful voice blasted through speakers outside of the Motown Museum in Detroit as Metro Detroiters and people from across the nation stopped by to pay tribute to the late singer Friday. 

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Metro Detroiters gather at the Motown Museum in Detroit Aug. 17 to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

Franklin passed away Thursday morning at her home in Detroit at age 76, and tributes are being held across the city to honor her.

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A woman writes a note to the late Aretha Franklin’s family at the Motown Museum in Detroit.

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Fans are welcomed to write messages in a book for Aretha Franklin’s family at the Motown Museum in Detroit.

The Queen of Soul’s career started at an early age when she sang gospel at her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church in the heart of Detroit. Franklin went on to have 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s R&B charts, including “I Never Loved a Man,” “Respect,” “Baby I Love You’ and “Chain of Fools” — to name a few — and holds the record for the most songs by a female artist on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. She also won 18 Grammy awards.

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Charlene Billups of Detroit dances along to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” at the Motown Museum in Detroit.

While Aretha was never signed to the Motown label, she was “a part of the Motown family,” says Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry.

“Her legacy will continue to inspire and resonate in the souls of Detroiters and her fans around the world,” Terry said in a statement. “Motown Museum joins the rest of the world in mourning her passing as we celebrate her remarkable life and trailblazing contributions to music.”

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George Grice of Detroit stands outside of the Motown Museum during a tribute event to the late singer Aretha Franklin on Aug. 17 in Detroit. “I’m paying my respects,” Grice says. “She was only a few years older than me.”

Franklin’s music will be played at the Motown Museum Saturday and Sunday.

Motown Museum

2648 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit


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