Mourners queue to see Aretha Franklin lying in state in Detroit

Motorcade of pink Cadillacs coming to Aretha Franklin’s homegoing celebration

Many of those in line are from Detroit, but others travelled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.

Franklin died August 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.

People wait in line outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History where the late singer Aretha Franklin will lie in state for two days of public viewing in Detroit, Michigan. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech said Franklin is "being honored nearly like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States".

Detroit native LaTonya Edwards, 40, brought her 14-year-old son, Lamon. Franklin never spoke about her wishes, Owens said, but she hopes the services are what "she would have wanted and that she would have been proud of".

Lamon said he didn't know as much about the singer as his mother, but he knew how important she was to his family.

"There was no way we'd miss paying our respects", she said. "I came with my mom to make sure she was OK".

Franklin has been a constant in her life.

Tiffany Dorsey wore a t-shirt with Franklin's face on the front and "RIP Auntie Reatha Queen on Soul" written on the back. "I loved her for that". "Numerous people you see are here because they were blessed by her big heart and her desire to reach beyond the boundaries of her own success and touch others". 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.

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"I saw the gold-plated casket - it dawned on me: She's gone, but her legacy and her music will live on forever".

"She deserves it", Howard said. "Think" is billed as "a tribute to the Queen of Soul", and is scheduled to run from September 21 to January 21, 2019. "Because she touched your soul".

They approached her gold-plated casket to the sounds of her gospel recordings.

"If you ever received flowers from my aunt they would be big, handsome arrangements", Owens said.

"She respected them - she understood that if it were not for them, she wouldn't be who she is", she said.

Franklin's crimson dress, earrings and shoes signified her honorary membership in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, which Owens said was planning a ceremony to be held Tuesday night to honor her aunt.

The lineup of performers will include Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson - both also sang at Michael Jackson's funeral in 2009 - along with Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, Fantasia, a number of gospel singers and Franklin's son Edward.

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