Aretha Franklin’s family knows a massive turnout’s expected to honor the legendary singer and a church just won’t cut it so they’ll hold her public viewing at a much larger venue .
Sources close to the family said the memorial for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. We’re told the location was chosen to accommodate the thousands expected to show up. Aretha was also a frequent visitor.s of now, no date’s been set and it’s unclear if it will be open casket.
Sources say Aretha’s family determined a traditional church service for her viewing just wasn’t an option because of the projected turnout.
The museum was also the site of Rosa Parks’ viewing in 2005.
As we reported … Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer.
She was 76.