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Exhibition to celebrate Aretha Franklin's life

EXHIBITION: Fans will get an insight into the singer's personal and public life

ARETHA FRANKLIN will be honoured with a new exhibition, it has been announced.

Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul will open at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

The museum is the same venue that hosted Franklin's public viewings before prior to her televised funeral.

The soul singer died from pancreatic cancer last month. She was 76 years old.

Think: A Tribute to the Queen of Soul is set to run for four months. A more long term exhibition is being put together for 2020.

Photographs, video footage and artefacts relating to Franklin's life and work will all form part of the materials on display at the exhibition that has been approved by the late singer's estate.

Kelly Major Green, a museum board member at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, told the Detroit Free Press: “This is an opportunity for people to come back and engage, reminisce and reflect."

Green also told the publication: "The Aretha mojo lives.

"People are still swept up in this. It's a beautiful tribute. We want to learn and see some things that are more intimate and touching about her. This personalises her in a little different way."

Among the highlights of the materials set to be showcased is an original vinyl copy of Franklin's first recording.

The photographs will give visitors an insight into Franklin's private and public life, according to the Detroit Free Press which saw the exhibition prior to its opening today.

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