Aretha Franklin Exhibit Set to Open at Detroit Museum Tuesday

The Franklin estate-approved “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History celebrates the singer’s life and career.

This week the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit is opening an exhibit honoring Aretha Franklin’s life and career.

According to the Detroit Free Press, “Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul” opens September 25 and will run until January 21, 2019, and a long-term exhibit is expected to open in 2020.

“This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect,” Wright museum board member Kelly Major Green told the local paper.

In addition to dress and shoes the Queen of Soul wore during her visitation in August, the space includes items such as an original vinyl copy of the 1956 J.V.B. Records release “Never Grow Old.”

The exhibit is mostly made up of photos and minimal artifacts, with direction from the singer’s family, to feel “like walking into a living room,” according to Green.

The exhibit will rotate materials during its four-month tenure at the museum to “reflect the same ever-changing dynamics that marked the singer’s own life.”

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