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Taylor Swift holds moment of silence for Aretha Franklin

Hannah Rogers | 29 August, 2018, 20:58

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.

The "I Say a Little Prayer" songstress still had on her red lipstick and red nails - which went with the red dress she donned Tuesday. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

Franklin is closely tied with Detroit, her longtime home (though she was born in Memphis, she moved to the city at an early age, and she returned to Detroit for good in the 1980s), and with the city's auto industry, thanks most famously to the song "Freeway of Love", with its video highlighting scenes of auto manufacturing and the song's reference to riding in a pink Cadillac. "She loved the city of Detroit and the city of Detroit loved her". Gold thread spelled out Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soulin the casket's lining.

Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life.

Franklin was dressed in red symbolic of her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Ms Green said.

"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", said Seniors.

The two-day public event precedes her funeral on Friday, but fans will have lasting memories of her one of her final looks.

The Queen of Soul, Seniors said, was "a singer of the universe".

The museum, which had been the largest black museum in the USA until the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in Washington, D.C., in 2016, also hosted similar viewings for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.

The venue was reportedly chosen because Rosa Parks's viewing took place there in 2005 and because it needs to accommodate the thousands of people expected to attend.

"What you see with her is what you get", Owens said.

One of those fans, Cheryl Matthews, never met Franklin but felt close - and hurt by the loss. "She's always been here".

"God didn't make a better singer and there isn't a better casket", Swanson said. "Numerous people you see are here because they were blessed by her big heart and her desire to reach beyond the boundaries of her own success and touch others".

Also slated to perform are Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday and Aretha Franklin's son, Edward Franklin.

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