AmericaJR’s Gloria Rzucidlo recently visited the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and her final resting place at The Woodlawn Cemetery, both in Detroit. Aretha Franklin (1942–2018) was a Gospel and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer best known as The Queen of Soul. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. Hit songs such as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “Think”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”, and “I Say a Little Prayer”, propelled her past her musical peers.
Visit Woodlawn Cemetery at 19975 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203.
Visit New Bethel Baptist Church at 8430 Linwood St, Detroit, MI 48206.
Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History at 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.