Jesse Jackson talks about last meeting with Aretha Franklin

Motorcade of pink Cadillacs coming to Aretha Franklin’s homegoing celebration

Motorcade of pink Cadillacs coming to Aretha Franklin’s homegoing celebration

More 100 pink Cadillacs will be on hand for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, Aug. 31.

To Ms Owens, the dress - with its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric - looked like something Franklin would wear onstage and "something she would have selected for herself".

A vintage LaSalle hearse that carried the body of Aretha Franklin sits outside of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History where a public viewing was being held on August 28, 2018, in Detroit.

"The 18-time Grammy victor (44 nominations) who died August 16 at the age of 76 was known for timeless hits like "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

"She meant so much to so many people", said Frances Billingslea, 59, of Detroit's west side. "It's attractive. She's lovely".

Emotions ran high - both celebratory and sad - for those who embraced Franklin as a part of their extended family, even if they never met her in person. The shoes in particular show "The Queen of Soul is a diva to the end", Ms Green added.

An official photo of Franklin laying in her casket, clad in crimson and surrounded by pink flowers, was released for fans who can not make it to Detroit to say farewell. Her jewelry was custom made for the occasion.

"[Older family members] would listen to her music", he said. Indeed, a group of women were singing her hit "Freeway of Love".

And while she didn't get the chance to sing for Franklin as a child, that opportunity did eventually come her way - in an unexpected fashion. "I was a fan of her music".

The Las Vegas resident joined other fans who sang, hugged and shared their memories of the Queen of Soul.

Sir Diego Brazil flew from Miami to be here. In a statement issued to the public, the award-winning musician's relatives expressed their sadness with Franklin's passing.

Court documents show the I Say a Little Prayer legend had no will at the time of her death, reports U.S. entertainment website TMZ.

Denice Johnson said she respected the way Franklin stayed in touch with her roots.

"I was blessed to see her twice", she said. "I loved her for that".

"After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy", she said. "They really loved her, and she loved Detroit".

The shiny box - inscribed inside with The Queen of Soul in small gold letters - was surrounded by a spray of soft-pink and lavender-coloured roses. The Wright museum, founded in 1965, was the largest African American museum in the country until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.

Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn't be more fitting.

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