Taylor Swift on Aretha Franklin

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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.

People camped out through the night to pay their respects to a woman considered royalty in her MI hometown of Detroit, and traveled from far and wide, at times breaking into song or wearing Aretha T-shirts.

Hundreds of members of Delta Sigma Theta paid tribute to their soror, Aretha Franklin at a packed ceremony that capped a day of mourning in Detroit.

Franlkin died August 16 at the age of 76.

LaSalle was a Cadillac sub-brand from 1927 through 1940, luxurious but less expensive than the more opulent Cadillacs.

Journalists from The Associated Press were allowed to document the casket's movement after the public viewing concluded.

In the evening a free concert honoring Franklin's life is to kick off at 6pm at the Chene Park Amphitheatre, an outdoor riverfront arena in downtown Detroit that has 5,000 seats and 1,000 lawn spaces. More than 1,000 people attended the service.

The service will reflect Franklin's strong gospel roots. Outside, they posed for snapshots next to her cream hearse. "It's a real blessing to see her".

The result has been a week's worth of activities in Franklin's hometown of Detroit meant to pay homage to a woman who helped define the city.

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"We know that she would have wanted nothing but the best", Owens said.

She wore all pink as a tribute to Franklin, who died of cancer. I just had to do it.

But Hamilton said being a part of the home-going activities for a star of Franklin's magnitude has been quite different.

On Wednesday her outfit was changed to a powdered blue dress. And I think that's what this is.

She was awarded America's highest civilian honour by president George W. Bush and tops Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. The singer is well known for hits like "Respect", "Natural Women", and "I say a little prayer".

Green said Franklin's attire and pose communicated both power and comfort, as she did in life.

"I saw the gold-plated casket - it dawned on me: She's gone, but her legacy and her music will live on forever".

Fans began lining up as early as 4 a.m. Wednesday, determined to not let this opportunity pass them by-a final audience with the global icon they claimed as one of their own publicly and privately. After asking for the lights to go out, Swift said, "We love you Aretha".

"'There was a lot of crying, the whole weekend, ' he said".

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