Photo of luxuriously dressed Aretha Franklin in the casket at her public viewing has gone viral

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 30, 2018
11:17 A.M.

On Tuesday, Aretha Franklin’s body arrived for its first of two days of public viewing at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Fans lined up outside and took pictures, which went viral, as her casket made its way inside.


Detroit was the Queen of Soul’s hometown. Franklin was dressed in a way that an iconic singer of her caliber deserved to look.

Linda Swanson, the executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home, described what Aretha Franklin wore. In her casket, the singer wore Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps.

They matched a ruby red dress made of lace with a full tulle skirt and chiffon overlay. Her dress had beading on the bodice and shoulders.

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For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. It was designed to have a boat neck collar with a chiffon bell sleeve which was altered by Swanson, who is also a seamstress.


For accessories, the musician wore custom-designed beaded earrings. Franklin’s family was the ones who chose her outfit.

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"She is presented in a way that reflects her life and her legacy," Swanson said. "She is, indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be," she added.

The singer’s casket was no less impressive. She rested in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 24-karat gold.

It was said to be the same type of coffin in which singers James Brown and Michael Jackson were buried. The interior was finished with champagne velvet.

Her famous title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name were embroidered in the casket lining with gold metallic thread. Inside the museum, she was surrounded by many bouquets of flowers.


Her funeral is set to have other legendary performers who will pay tribute by way of music. They include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, and Franklin’s son Edward Franklin.

On Friday, she will be laid to rest at the Greater Grace Temple. Gospel stars like Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong were chosen to sing at the funeral.

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Source: Getty images/GlobalimagesUkraine

The Aretha Franklin Choir and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir were also set to perform. Franklin died of a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor on August 16 at the age of 76.

Actual images of her public viewing can be seen here.

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