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The Days Detroit Said Goodbye to a Diva

Aretha Franklin knew how to demand respect, and her funeral in Detroit was no exception.” insists thecut.com. Her funeral at the Greater Grace Temple brought over 100 pink Cadillacs and a world of loyal devotees to the streets of Detroit, lining up to pay their proper respects. She wouldn’t have had it any other way.He stumbled upon a shrine for Franklin, complete with flowers, teddy bears, and giant silver balloons that spelled out ARETHA. The photo — a fusion of local pride and relentless glamour — is pure Aretha.After a week of commemorations celebrating her legacy, she was laid to rest on Friday in a gold coffin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History — dressed in a floor-length gold dress and gold sequined heels to match.

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