A new show at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit aims to celebrate Aretha Franklin’s life in an intimate display dubbed a “tribute to the Queen of Soul.”
The estate-approved “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” arrives at the museum this Tuesday and will exhibit until January 21st, 2019.
“This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect,” Wright museum board member Kelly Major Green told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is.”
According to Page Six, the exhibit will feature wardrobe, shoes, video displays and photos from throughout Franklin’s career, including a copy of the first-ever recording Franklin released, a 1956 vinyl of “Never Grow Old” by “Aretha Franklin, Daughter of Rev. C.L. Franklin.”
My aunt used to always talk about having a Franklin family museum,” Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press. “That’s not on the immediate horizon, but I thought this would be a good start to it.
The Charles H. Wright Museum previously hosted Franklin’s public visitations following her death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. In addition to the “crimson satin pumps,” the exhibit includes a replica of the matching red dress she wore at the viewing.
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