The public visitation for Franklin runs 9 a.m.to 9 p.m.at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit.
Franklin's body lies in repose Tuesday and Wednesday in a gold-plated casket for a couple of days at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for public viewings.
Franklin was transported to the museum in a vintage white LaSalle, passing by as many as 200 of her fans who had slept on the sidewalk and were already lined up to be among the first to pay their respects to the singer.
Franklin's music filled the otherwise quiet room, and dozens of large floral arrangements including powder pink and lavender roses surrounded the hall, final gifts from her closest relatives and friends. Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion. The ceremony is open only to Delta's members and members of Franklin's family. Yet she added Franklin, who died at age 76 on August 16 of pancreatic cancer, also was "so unapologetically black" and "so proud of being a black woman".
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.
She said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life.
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Tammy Gibson, 49, of Chicago said she arrived about 5:30 a.m.
"When we were little girls, we would all dress up a little and sing her songs in the living room", said Teresa Massey Walker, 48, who came from Buffalo, New York, to pay her respects.
The singer's casket is surrounded by roses of different bright colors while her gospel songs play in the background.
That sentiment was echoed among her hometown fans.
Detroit wanted to give the Queen of Soul a send-off that 'would match her legacy'.
"I think it's incredibly significant - she is being honoured nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States", said Seniors.
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