Aretha Franklin Gets Her Own Exhibit At Charles H. Wright Museum Of African American History


September 24, 2018

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Aretha Franklin’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan is continuing to keep her legacy alive. 

On Tuesday, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will open a new exhibit called “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul.” The estate-approved exhibit, “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul,” will include photos and videos that depict Franklin’s 60-plus-year recording career, as well as shoes and pieces of her wardrobe. 


“This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect,” Wright museum board member Kelly Major Green told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s the beginning of a much longer expression of who Aretha is.”

The museum’s curators will rotate featured items in and out of the exhibit to “reflect the same ever-changing dynamics that marked the singer’s own life,” the Detroit Free Press reports. 


Photo credit: Carlos Osorio/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” will run from September 25 to January 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) with the goal of expanding it into a long-term exhibit by 2020. The location has yet to be determined. 


“My aunt used to always talk about having a Franklin family museum,” Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press. “That’s not on the immediate horizon, but I thought this would be a good start to it.”

Long live the Queen of Soul. 

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