Aretha Franklin Public Memorial Service Announced

The public viewing will take place at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

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Aretha Franklin died at the age of 76 on August 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A public open-casket memorial for Franklin has now been announced. The viewing will take place Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29 at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, with viewing hours spanning from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.

On August 31, Franklin’s family and close friends will attend a private funeral service at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple. Franklin will then be buried at the city’s Woodlawn Cemetery alongside her late father Rev. C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, her sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, as well as her nephew Thomas Garrett.

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is currently hosting commemorative exhibition up until August 20. She was remembered by many major figures, including Paul McCartney, Barack and Michelle Obama, Quincy Jones, and more.

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