The list of speakers will include Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, actress Cicely Tyson, record mogul Clive Davis, Michigan governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Franklin arrived at the museum in a 1940 white Cadillac LaSalle hearse as people lined the streets outside waiting to pay their respects to the Queen of Soul.
Accompanied by the sound of her gospel music, Franklin was laying in a gold-plated casket and dressed in red from head to high-heeled shoes, with her legs crossed at the ankles. One woman blew a kiss to Franklin, who was surrounded by massive arrangements of roses of different hues. She didn't put herself above anybody even though she was the Queen of Soul.
Not only have the fans turned out in abundance, but so to have her musical contemporaries.
Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings could not be more fitting. The service organisation of predominantly black women plans a private ceremony in honour of Franklin.
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The Queen of Soul was calling to personally invite Thimes to attend and sing at her birthday party at the Ritz Carlton in New York City. "But to have done her birthday party [a few years ago] and to stand there and watch her watch me sing - Don, I had to fight back the tears the whole time".
The 76-year-old icon, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, bringing down the curtain on a spectacular six-decade career that made her one of America's most celebrated artists. "She touched so many people and it's just a blessing", he told Local 4 News.
The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.
More than 100 pink models of the iconic US automobile are expected to file in outside the church on the day of her funeral. In further symbolic symmetry, Franklin sang at Parks' funeral, which was held at the same Detroit church as Franklin's, and the singer will be entombed in the same cemetery as Parks.