Detroit Names A Street After Aretha Franklin

Detroit Names A Street After Aretha Franklin

Jones also gave Franklin, 75, some gold Spirit of Detroit pins and noted that, "not only is she the Queen of Soul, she's the spirit of Detroit as well".

The first ever Detroit Music Weekend kicks off Friday, June 9 - and Aretha Franklin is returning home to MI to celebrate.

The street unveiling ceremony kicked off the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend, which will include a tribute concert on Friday (09Jun17) at the Music Hall.

"I knew I would get weepy when I got down here", she told the gathered crowd before she went on to thank the city for the honor.

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DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin's hometown of Detroit has named a street after her.

"Detroit has been with me ever since then, they were there when no one else knew who I was, and I've been with them every step of the way", she said. But the best was yet to come.

In this Thursday, June 8, 2017 photo, a street sign for Aretha Franklin Way is unveiled at the corner of Madison and Brush streets, outside of Music Hall in Detroit. It wasn't long after she was dubbed the queen of soul.

The first annual Detroit Music Weekend will take place this Saturday in downtown Detroit, with free events spanning four outdoor venues.

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