Fans stream in for sec­ond day of Aretha Franklin view­ing

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

DETROIT » Mourn­ers streamed in for a sec­ond day Wed­nes­day to pay their re­spects to Aretha Franklin, who was dressed in a dif­fer­ent out­fit for her fi­nal public view­ing, as if mak­ing a cos­tume change dur­ing a show.

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. There, they found Franklin in a pol­ished bronze cas­ket and a sheer baby blue dress with match­ing shoes, a change from the bright red out­fit seen Tues­day across the world. On the in­side of the lid, em­broi­dered into the fab­ric, read “Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul.”

The two-day view­ing was part of a week of com­mem­o­ra­tions for the leg­end, who died Aug. 16 of pan­cre­atic can­cer. She was 76. A marathon fu­neral with an all-star list of speak­ers and per­form­ers was sched­uled for Fri­day.

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