Aretha Franklin's outfit drastically changed on the second day of public viewing

Junie Sihlangu
Aug 30, 2018
11:26 A.M.

On Wednesday, Aretha Franklin’s body arrived for the second day of public viewing. Her body will again lie in a gold casket at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.


The difference for the second day of viewing was that she had an outfit change. This time, the Queen of Soul was dressed in powder blue.

For her second and final day of public viewing, Aretha Franklin was dressed in a powder blue dress and matching shoes. The day before, she wore a red cocktail dress and matching red stilettos.

People from all over the world lined up to pay their respects to the singer. She was once again transported to the venue in a vintage white LaSalle.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. It’s the same Cadillac that was used to transport her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, when he died in July 1984.

In 2005, it was also used to transport Rosa Parks' body when she died. Hundreds of fans walked past flower tributes, artwork, and a pink Cadillac parked outside to go pay their last respects.

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Source: Getty images/GlobalimagesUkraine

Some fans carried flowers which appeared to have dollars weaved into them. Kelly Major Green, a Wright Museum board member said Franklin's latest outfit was supposed to communicate power and comfort.

She added that it was meant to show “The Queen of Soul is a diva to the end.” Her previous look was symbolism of her honorary membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Her niece, Sabrina Owens said that the dress looked like “something she would have selected for herself” to wear on stage. Linda Swanson, executive vice president of Swanson Funeral Home, will be coordinating Franklin's viewings and other services.

She shared that the singer would wear different outfits in the days leading to her burial. Swanson refused to give information on the future attire only saying it would be a surprise.


Thursday will see a public viewing take place at Franklin's hometown church of New Bethel Baptist Church on Linwood. It was where her father was a former pastor.

Her funeral will be held on Friday at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple. It will be a family and friends-only service which will have an all-star lineup of performers.

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Source: Getty images/GlobalimagesUkraine

These include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Shirley Caesar, Ron Isley, Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, and Franklin's son, Edward Franklin. Many other celebrities are expected to attend as well.

Franklin’s funeral will be streamed online and on television.

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