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Aretha Franklin lies in state in red dress and heels

By Bethany Minelle, entertainment reporter
Thousands of fans are bidding farewell to Aretha Franklin as the Queen of Soul lay in state in a gold-plated coffin ahead of her funeral.
Franklin is lying in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday and at the New Bethel Baptist Church on Thursday, where she performed as a teenager.
Aretha Franklin lies in state in red dress and heels

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The casket carrying the late singer Aretha Franklin arrives at the museum
Her funeral is on Friday.Franklin's coffin arrived at the museum on Tuesday, surrounded by colourful roses and accompanied by a selection of her gospel recordings.
Aretha Franklin lies in state in red dress and heels

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The singer is surrounded by pastel coloured roses
She wore an ornate sheer net dress, Christian Louboutin stiletto heels, lipstick and nail polish - all in bright red which was the colour of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.Inside, the singer was positioned in repose with her legs crossed at the ankles.
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Hundreds of people have been lining up outside to pay their final respects, with some travelling from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.Franklin died from pancreatic cancer on 16 August, aged 76.
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The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted a similar viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks when she passed away in 2005.
Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech, said the setting is fitting, as Franklin is "being honoured almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States".
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A sign in downtown Detroit pays tribute to the singer
Franklin's funeral will take place at the 4,000-seat Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday.Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill and Chaka Khan will all perform.

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The private funeral will be limited to family, friends, dignitaries and special guests - but a large screen is being erected for public viewing according to Bishop Charles H Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple.Dozens of pink Cadillacs will also line the streets, in honour of Franklin's 1985 hit Freeway Of Love, according to local media.
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