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Time for Respect: Aretha Franklin exhibit opening Tuesday in Detroit


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A museum exhibit paying tribute to the late Queen of Soul is opening Tuesday in Detroit.

Titled “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul,” the exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the Motor City features historic photos, videos, and memorabilia featuring Aretha Franklin.

“This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect,” museum board member Kelly Major Green tells the Detroit Free Press. “It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is.”

The four-month exhibit will run through Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, 2019. Among the items on display are clothing, shoes, video displays and photos from throughout Franklin’s career, as well as a vinyl copy of her first recording in 1956, “Never Grow Old.”

The museum hosted a two-day public viewing of Franklin’s body on August 28 and 29, which was attended by over 30,000 people.

In addition to the Wright museum tribute, the Franklin estate is planning a long-term exhibit to open in 2020.

“The Aretha mojo lives,” Green says. “People are still swept up in this. It’s a beautiful tribute. We want to learn and see some things that are more intimate and touching about her. This personalizes her in a little different way.”

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