Aretha Franklin was honored posthumously on Monday when a post office in her hometown of Detroit was named after the late singer.
Members of Franklin’s family, as well as postal and elected officials, visited the former Fox Creek Post Office to celebrate the name change in honor of the Queen of Soul.
“His legacy lives on in his music, in his family. But we’ve added to that list of his legacy: a post office with his name on it,” said U.S. Representative Brenda Lawrence, a Michigan Democrat and longtime Postal Service worker. .
Lawrence was also a friend of Franklin and introduced a bill in Congress that resulted in a name change.
That legislation, which was signed by President Donald Trump in January, sailed through Congress, said US Sen. Gary Peters.
“Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together. Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this wonderful man,” the Democratic senator laughed during the dedication ceremony on Monday.
The Post Office is located about five miles east of downtown and not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River that is also named after Franklin. It will now be known as the “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building”.
Franklin died in 2018 at the age of 76 at his Detroit home. He recorded several songs during a great career, including “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Respect,” which are considered classics.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Aretha Franklin