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Spokesperson Stresses: Aretha Franklin's Funeral Not Open To The Public

August 20, 2018 - 3:06 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The family of Aretha Franklin wants to clear something up: Her funeral will not be open to the public.

Family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn reiterated that point on Monday, saying that that service, set for Friday, August 31 at Greater Grace Temple, remains private -- for family, close friends and other invited guests only.

The reminder comes after a misunderstanding over the weekend, WWJ's Vickie Thomas reports, when a pastor at Greater Grace told his congregation that Franklin's family had decided to open the funeral up to the public. 

Quinn stresses that that was misinformation, and the pastor made a mistake. 

The public is, however, invited to two public viewings to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, August 28-29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, located at 315 E. Warren in Detroit.

In addition, a musical tribute is being planned for August 30, at a location yet to be determined. 

Franklin, who died last Thursday at 76 from pancreatic cancer, will be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father Rev. C.L. Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; and nephew Thomas Garrett.

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