An Aretha Franklin exhibit is opening in the soul icon’s hometown

'Think: A Tribute To The Queen of Soul' will take place in Detroit until early next year

An exhibit celebrating Aretha Franklin‘s legacy will open in her hometown of Detroit this week.

The soul icon died last month at 76 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her funeral took place on August 31 at the city’s Greater Grace Temple.

Now, it has been announced that an estate-approved exhibit will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.


According to the Detroit Free Press, the collection will feature photos and video displays which span Franklin’s career. A vinyl copy of the singer’s first-ever recording – 1956’s ‘Never Grow Old’ – will also be included.

“This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect,” Wright museum board member Kelly Major Green told the publication.

Aretha Franklin sings in the Atlantic Records studio

Franklin’s family gave direction for the display, with Green saying it was arranged to feel “like walking into a living room”.

Beginning on Tuesday (September 25), ‘Think: A Tribute To The Queen of Soul’ will run until January 21.

It’s said that a long-term exhibit will follow, which could open by 2020. “It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is,” Green said of ‘Think’.


Meanwhile, an all-star Aretha Franklin tribute concert is being planned. Reportedly titled Clive Davis Presents: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, the show is set to take place in the New York on November 14.

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Aretha Franklin onstage

Earlier this month, the icon’s family spoke out about comments made during the singer’s eulogy, calling them “offensive and distasteful”.

Franklin’s funeral was live-streamed online, with select parts broadcast on TV in the US. It featured performances and tributes from Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, and more.