Aretha Franklin’s Family is Reportedly Planning a Public Viewing at Detroit Museum Miss2Bees August 17, 2018 Her Source, Hip Hop Community News, Hip Hop News | Trending Hip Hop Stories Aretha Franklin, 76, passed away Thursday morning due to pancreatic cancer. The soul legend’s funeral is definitely going to be a massive turnout and apparently, her family is aware of this. TMZ reports that the memorial service for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Aretha frequently visited the museum. It’s large enough to accommodate the thousands of guests expected to arrive. The viewing will be an open casket and there will be lots of singing because it just wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t a lot of singing. There’s no set date yet. The museum was also the site for Rosa Parks’ viewing in 2005.