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Scenes From Aretha Franklin's Public Viewing

Resplendent in a red dress, the Queen of Soul is a queen to the end.

Hundreds of fans gathered in Detroit today to say goodbye to the Queen of Soul. The body of Aretha Franklin was brought to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History ahead of a two-day public visitation. (Franklin died on August 16 at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer.) Here, some scenes from the final farewell. Above: Kathy McPike, Mary Jones, Charlotte Price, and Tamara Nathan all traveled from Columbus, Ohio.

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: 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, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum August 28 and 29 for the public to pay their respects. Her funeral will be held August 31 at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Scott Olson/Getty Images RIDING IN STYLE Franklin was brought to the museum in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse. Aretha Franklin's casket arrives at the Charles H. Wright museum in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Franklin will lay in state for 2 days. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images) Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images FIT FOR A QUEEN Franklin's body is brought into the museum on August 28. The Detroit Free Press reports the casket is bronze with 14-karat gold plating. The inside lining is embroidered with "Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul."

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People photograph the casket containing Aretha Franklin as it arrives at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for a viewing on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. - Aretha Franklin passed away from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018 at age 76. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images) JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images FAN PHOTO Attendees photograph the casket as it arrives. The viewing of Aretha Franklin's casket is seen at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. - Aretha Franklin passed away from advanced pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018 at age 76. (Photo by PAUL SANCYA / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL SANCYA/AFP/Getty Images) PAUL SANCYA/AFP/Getty Images THE SCENE INSIDE The soaring atrium where Franklin lies in repose. DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: The body of Aretha Franklin lies in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum on August 28 and 29 for the public to pay their respects. Her funeral will be held August 31 at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Paul Sancya-Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images LADY IN RED Franklin at rest with her ankles crossed. Her sense of style was so important in life, and it remains so in death. Linda Swanson, an executive for the Swanson Funeral Home, which is managing the arrangements, told the Free Press that Franklin is wearing a tea-length red tulle and chiffon dress with custom beaded earrings and a pair of 5-inch Christian Louboutin pumps. Incredibly, there will also be costume changes: Swanson revealed Franklin will be wearing different outfits in the coming days. "She is presented in a way that reflects her life and her legacy," Swanson said. "She is, indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be." DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Fans of Aretha Franklin attend a viewing for the soul music legend at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum today and tomorrow for the public to pay their respects. Franklin's funeral will be held Friday at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Scott Olson/Getty Images LINING UP Fans outside wait for their turn to pay their respects. DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Fans of Aretha Franklin attend a viewing for the soul music legend at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum today and tomorrow for the public to pay their respects. Franklin's funeral will be held Friday at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Scott Olson/Getty Images MEMORIAL A fan holds a program on August 28.
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Fans of Aretha Franklin attend a viewing for the soul music legend at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum today and tomorrow for the public to pay their respects. Franklin's funeral will be held Friday at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Anyla Mabry, 2, of Chicago holds her baby doll as she waits in line with her family at the viewing of Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright museum in Detroit on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Franklin will lay in state for 2 days. Mabry's grandmother, Samantha, said she wanted them to witness history. (Kimberly P. Mitchell/Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images)
Scott Olson/Getty Images Detroit Free Press/TNS via Getty Images DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Fans of Aretha Franklin attend a viewing for the soul music legend at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History on August 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin will lie in repose at the museum on August 28 and 29 for the public to pay their respects. Her funeral will be held August 31 at Greater Grace Temple. (Photo by Paul Sancya-Pool/Getty Images) Pool/Getty Images IN MOURNING A woman breaks down at the viewing for Franklin. The Free Press noted that people slept outside overnight to get a spot and that nearly 200 fans were lined up by 8am, all wanting to get a chance to see the woman who meant so much to the world — and to her hometown of Detroit. "She's the Queen," one woman who flew from Austin told the newspaper. "She's royalty. She's worth it."



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