The Days Detroit Said Goodbye to a Diva

Aretha Franklin knew how to demand respect, and her funeral in Detroit was no exception.” insists 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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