Aretha Franklin Dressed in Blue During 2nd Viewing in MI

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Fans of Aretha Franklin marked another day of remembering the icon at the viewing of her body at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History near downtown Detroit.

Gina Moorman attended Tuesday night's sorority ceremony staged in Franklin's honour at the museum and returned Wednesday. "It's handsome. She's handsome". "With Franklin hits like "Rock Steady" providing the background, Yolanda Jack sang along, danced, and swapped memories with friends as she passed out free water". A funeral for Franklin will then be held Friday at the Great Grace Temple in Detroit.

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.

"I think it's incredibly significant - she is being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States", she said. Thomas will give a speech at Franklin's funeral this Friday.

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She was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was in a grave condition from last few years. "She was a woman that endured to let people know you can make it no matter what you go through".

Still a diva even in death, Aretha Franklin was wearing a different outfit when she arrived at the Detroit museum Wednesday morning for Day 2 of her public viewing.

"She meant everything to Detroit, I'm telling you", said Gail Ford, 53. "Seeing her, I would say she was saying, 'I've done my duty".

Aretha is closely tied to Detroit, moving there at an early age with her family before returning to Motown and The Motor City for good in the 1980s. Those who lingered, she said, were sternly told to keep going.

Swift asked for a moment of silence, "so every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her".

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