The family of late legendary singer, Aretha Franklin is reportedly keeping her fans in mind as they plan her funeral arrangements.
According to reports, the family of the legendary singer is planning hold a public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. It is the same venue where Rosa Parks‘ viewing was held in 2005 and Franklin was a frequent visitor.
Sources close to the family told TMZ the iconic performer’s memorial will be open to the thousands of fans expected to show up to mourn the Queen of Soul.
As of now, no date’s been set and it’s unclear if it will be open casket.
Sources said Aretha’s family determined a traditional church service for her viewing just wasn’t an option because of the projected turnout.
Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday at her home in Detroit while surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.
Throughout her nearly 60-year career, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth, prompted tears from Barack Obama, inspired countless artists and fans across the globe and delivered the undeniably impactful anthem with her 1967 hit “Respect.”
Celebrities and fans across the globe have been honoring the late Queen of Soul since news of her death broke on Thursday. Everyone from Diana Ross to Donald Trump released a statement or tribute on the passing of music legend, Aretha Franklin. Now, the Obamas have added their voice to the mix and opened up about what The Queen of Soul meant to them specifically and to the country collectively.