She said Franklin grew up with her older family members and was beloved in the Detroit community.
Popp told CNN he's been asked to display the vehicle at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as drive in the Franklin's funeral procession on Friday. "The way she loved and treated individuals, and she always remained down to earth", said Mary Jones, who wore an "I love Aretha" T-shirt and made the four-hour drive from OH to pay her respects.
Over a two-day period, the viewing will allow admirers of the singer to share their fond memories with other fans.
In her honor, the Music Hall plans to rename its Jazz Cafe "Aretha's Jazz Cafe", Paul said.
Fans are lining up to pay tribute to the late legend Aretha Franklin.
Mourners began pouring into Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin. Franklin is wearing the color signifying her membership to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. whose colors are Crimson and Cream, according to reports. Her dress - with its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric - was reminiscent of an outfit she would wear onstage and "something she would have selected for herself", her niece, Sabrina Owens, told The Associated Press.
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"I got chills", said Pat Turner, 56, of Alexandria, Va., when she saw the vehicle pull up with the casket inside. Guests will also be able to walk by Aretha's gold-plated casket to the sounds of her gospel recordings.
People stood subdued on the marble floor to gaze at the roped-off musical icon, resplendent in her finery and ankles crossed in red pumps.
The shiny box - inscribed inside with The Queen of Soul in small gold letters - was surrounded by a spray of soft-pink and lavender-coloured roses.
"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.
Franklin's body will lie in state for two days at an African American museum in her home town, Detroit, before her funeral there on Friday. Occasionally the crowd bursts into song. Many of those in line were from Detroit, but others traveled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.
Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings could not be more fitting.