© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

Motown Museum Honors Aretha Franklin

WKAR file photo
Hitsville USA in Detroit, home of the Motown Museum.

The Motown Museum in Detroit is recognizing Aretha Franklin’s importance to her home town this weekend.

Aretha Franklin was never signed to Motown Records, but starting Friday, the Motown Museum will play the music of Aretha Franklin for three days. 

Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry says the Queen of Soul “was a part of the Motown family.”

“Groups like the Four Tops and the Temptations and Smokey Robinson, they were like brothers," Terry continues, "and she was a sister to them and they were like brothers to her.”

Terry says this is the first time the museum has ever honored a performer who wasn’t a Motown artist in this way.

Visitors to the Motown Museum will be able to sign a guest book this weekend, and those remembrances will be sent to the Franklin family.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.