Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held at the Detroit church where the legendary musician sang at Rosa Parks’ funeral, an official with the church and her publicist said Friday.
The funeral at Greater Grace Temple at 10 a.m. on Aug. 31 is limited to family and friends, Franklin’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said in a statement Friday.
But public viewings will take place Aug. 28 and Aug. 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kenya Hildreth, communication director at Greater Grace, told NBC News that Franklin had a relationship with the church, and she noted the “Queen of Soul” sang at Parks’ homegoing, held there in 2005. That event drew some 4,000 people, according to reports at the time.
Franklin, 76, died on Thursday of pancreatic cancer, her publicist has said. She was mourned by music luminaries as one of the all-time great talents of American popular music, and the current and former U.S. presidents were among many expressing their condolences.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: NBC News, by Phil Helsel and Jesse Rodriguez