Aretha Franklin Honored with Aretha Franklin Way in Hometown of Detroit

Aretha Franklin wipes away tears as she has street dedicated to her in hometown of Detroit (photo via

by Jenna Amatulli via

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, was honored with a street named after her in Detroit this week.

A portion of Madison Avenue ― beginning at the corner of Brush Street outside of the Detroit City Music Hall for the Performing Arts ― is now called Aretha Franklin Way.

Franklin was near-speechless during the unveiling ceremony:

The 75 year-old songstress later spoke on the stage at the Music Hall on Thursday evening, thanking the city of Detroit for always supporting her and joking about needing some Kleenex.

“Thank you again for this resplendent and magnificent honor of this street, Aretha’s Way. I want to see it every time I come down here, I’m going to dance down it!” she said.

Source: Aretha Franklin Overcome With Emotion After Street Named After Her In Detroit | HuffPost

2 thoughts on “Aretha Franklin Honored with Aretha Franklin Way in Hometown of Detroit”

  1. I am so happy to be living during the time of ARETHA FRANKLIN from the time I was little boy to now that I am a 61 year old man. I have alway love, admired, appreciated the “QUEEN OF SOUL”. There will never, ever be another ARETHA FRANKLIN. “ARETHA” you are “SECOND TO NONE”. ARETHA FRANKLIN WAY = FREEWAY OF LOVE. May God alway bless you. You are #1 in R&B / Gospel and so much more! THANK YOU!

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