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Here's what to expect for Aretha Franklin's homegoing celebration in Detroit

Posted at 10:55 AM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 16:05:58-04

Aretha Franklin will be laid to rest Friday, August 31, following a four-day homegoing celebration honoring the Queen of Soul.

Although the funeral service will be private, public viewings will be held beforehand. 

Here are the dates you need to know:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28
    • Public viewing of her body at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 29
    • Public viewing at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 30
    • Star-studded musical tribute honoring Aretha to be held at the Chene Park Amphitheatre in Detroit from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More than 20 artists, musicians and activists are scheduled to participate.
  • Friday, Aug. 31 
    • The homegoing service will be held at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and will begin at 10 a.m. The service will be limited to family, friends, dignitaries and special guests.
    • Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Atlanta will deliver her eulogy. Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, will serve as Officiant with the Rev. Robert Smith Jr, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, as Co-Officiant for the service.
    • An all-star lineup is slated to perform at the service, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and many more.

Aretha passed away on Aug. 16 at the age of 76 surrounded by family at her home in Detroit. She will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetary in Detroit along with her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett.