- 24 Sep 18
The Queen of Soul sadly passed away last month.
An exhibit in honour of Aretha Franklin titled “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” is to open tomorrow, September 25th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in her hometown of Detroit and will run until Martin Luther King day (January 21st).
It comes little over a month after the legendary soul singer's tragic passing aged 76 after suffering from pancreatic cancer, and will celebrate her life and extensive career. The display will also serve as a testing ground to a potentially larger exhibition in the future or perhaps a separate museum dedicated to Franklin, which her estate has plans of introducing at some stage if the response from the public makes it a viable option.
The same museum hosted the soul icon's public viewing at the end of August, and will have on display the outfit she wore at the visitation. The Detroit Free Press reported that the exhibit will also feature an array of other items from her wardrobe, as well as photo and video displays taken from various shows and appearances over the course of her career, and a vinyl of her first ever recording in the shape of 'Never Grow Old' from 1956.
Speaking to the same outlet, Kelly Major Green, a board member of the museum, said: "This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect. It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is," alluding to the possibility of a larger scale, more permanent display.