The world is still mourning the death of Aretha Franklin, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16. Detroit Free Press reported a public viewing for the Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the rotunda at 315 E. Warren on Aug. 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time each day. Her funeral, which will be limited to family and friends, will follow on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple on the city’s west side.
Many of Franklin’s musical peers, members of the entertainment industry, and people from all over the world have paid tribute to the R & B icon since her passing. Madonna, who also grew up in the Detroit area, gave a very moving tribute to her at the 2018 MTV VMA Awards, revealing that singing Franklin’s signature song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at a musical theater audition ultimately prompted her to pursue a music career.
Ariana Grande and The Roots performed a sensational rendition of the song in Franklin’s honor during Grande’s recent visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” A host of television tributes also aired on various networks in the wake of her death and there will be an upcoming tribute during BET’s annual “Black Girls Rock!” special which is being hosted by Queen Latifah and will premiere on the network on Sept. 9.
Aretha Franklin grew up in Detroit where her father served as pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church. Franklin sang regularly at the church, where the Free Press also reports her body will lie in honor on Aug. 30.