Detroit Chene park likely to be renamed after Aretha Franklin
The mayor of the late Aretha Franklin's hometown made an important announcement at the Queen of Soul's funeral service on Friday.
Mayor Mike Duggan announced that the city's famous Chene Park, a hotspot for performers and artists will be renamed to the Aretha Franklin Park.
The motion hasn't been approved yet, but Mayor Duggan assured fans that he would submit a proposal to City Council on Tuesday to get the ball rolling.
Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. A short video clip of his speech at the service can be viewed below.
His announcement was met with cheers from the audience when he said that "our beautiful waterfront jewel with be Aretha Franklin Park." He concluded:
"And when performers from generations to come from around the world come here, they'll be reminded that they are performing at the home of the Queen of Soul."
The Chene Park amphitheater was one of Franklin's favorite places in the city, according to Duggan, and he hopes it will inspire others as well.
The late singer last performed at the amphitheater three years ago when the city celebrated Chene Park's 30th anniversary.
Duggan also said that when Franklin sang, "it sounded like the voice of Detroit," and aptly referred to the park as a "place that belongs to all Detroiters."
Franklin was in hospice care in the days leading to her death, surrounded by her family and close friends.
Stevie Wonder paid her a final visit on August 14, along with other celebrities who also wanted to pay their respects to the acclaimed singer.
On August 16, she lost the battle to pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Her body could be viewed at the New Bethel Baptist Church in the days leading up to her funeral service.
She was dressed in three different outfits throughout the week, all fit for a diva of her caliber, and former Bill Clinton said he was glad the casket was still open when he arrived. He explained:
"Because I said, 'I wonder what my friend’s got on today. I wanna see what the girl is carrying out.'"