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The sorority's traditional Omega Omega service lasted almost an hour. The service organization of predominantly black women planned a private ceremony Tuesday night in the museum in honour of Franklin.
By the way, Davis is putting together a tribute concert for Aretha, set for November 14 at Madison Square Garden.
Swanson, whose family has been in the funeral services business for 60 years, said they were "honored to be able to help" as they did when the "Queen of of Soul" lost her dad.
Franklin will be laid to rest at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery following an August 31 funeral at Greater Grace Temple, her family told the Detroit Free Press. "She would take care of the expenses - and usually in full without being asked or prompted to do so".
Jackson said she will interview notables who are there to honor Franklin's life and legacy.
Sixty-four-year Detroit resident Cheryl Matthews attended the viewing and says it was "fit for a Queen".
As mourners descend on Detroit, Mich.to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin, those passing through for her viewing are seeing the Queen of Soul in her casket dressed in all red.
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To Owens, the dress - with its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric - looks like something Franklin would wear onstage and "something she would have selected for herself".
That sentiment was echoed among her hometown fans.
Aretha Franklin passed away earlier this month at the age of 76. They find Franklin in repose, legs crossed at the ankles.
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.
Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m.
"I emulated her a lot and never had a chance to, as a little girl, sing for her - which is what I wanted to do when she would come to our home", Thimes told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh.
Embroidered in golden thread in the lining of the casket were the words "Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul".
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.
A pink Cadillac pulled up in front of the museum before the doors opened, and the crowd burst into applause and song.