Franklin dressed in blue for last public viewing

Aretha Franklin Wears Bright-Red Louboutin Spike Heels in Her Gold Casket — And They Have a Hidden Meaning

On Wednesday, people continued to stream in for a second day to pay their respects to Franklin as she lay in repose in the rotunda of Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer looked Tuesday as if she was preparing for one more performance.

Former Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas, who was friends with Franklin, will be one of the speakers at the ceremony. A private funeral will be held the next day at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple.

Asked her thoughts about other performers, she had kind words for Adele's talent, but of Swift she said, "OK, great gowns, attractive gowns".

Museum board member Kelly Major Green said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.

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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. She'll be buried on Friday, Aug. 31.

MCPHERSON: I've met a lot of different people because of this Aretha hat. The same vehicle - owned by Swanson Funeral Home, which is handling all the arrangements - also carried civil rights icon Rosa Parks as well as Franklin's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, who was a fixture in Detroit. "I was like, 'How are you a real person?' It's an honor to have met her, and we're gonna celebrate her". "I'm OK - I'm going to rest now, '" Mills said. "I say, 'No, but I grew up with her!'" Ms Jones said.

"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.

Her life will forever be remembered by not only her talent and greatest hits, such as "Natural Woman", "Respect", and "I Say a Little Prayer", but for her strength and kindness.

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