Aretha Franklin fans gather at public viewing

Cristina Cross
August 31, 2018

On Wednesday her outfit was changed to a powdered blue dress.

Aretha was decked out in a red cocktail dress and matching shiny red stilettos. Her niece, Sabrina Owens, told "Inside Edition" the red shoes were Christian Leboutins, the pricey designer shoes favored by celebrities. Franklin was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta as an honorary member in 1992.

Gina Moorman attended Tuesday night's sorority ceremony staged in Franklin's honour at the museum and returned on Wednesday.

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A 1940 white Cadillac La Salle hearse delivered Franklin's body to Detroit's African American museum

Fans waited festively outside, then walked in a solemn, single-file line into the rotunda of Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Swift told a sold-out crowd at Detroit's Ford Field on Tuesday that Franklin did so much for music, women's rights and civil rights.

Franklin, who died on August 16, will be laid to rest on Friday. Many wore T-shirts with her image, or clutched photos or her favorite flower, a rose. Franklin's body will be moved to the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was once the pastor, for a private visitation on Thursday (30Aug18), ahead of an all-star memorial concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre, featuring her friend Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Angie Stone.

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Former president Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Cicely Tyson, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Clive Davis, and others will speak at the funeral.

The Word Network will broadcast the service, which begins at 10 a.m. EDT.

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The singer stayed silent for almost a full minute in front of a star-studded backdrop, before concluding, "We love you, Aretha". The body was delivered in a white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town and was set to remain there for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).

What the 18-time Grammy victor will be wearing each day is a "surprise", Swanson said.

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