Schedule of Viewings, Tribute Concerts, and Celebration of Life Services for legendary artist Aretha Franklin who passed away on August 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit, Michigan.

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 @ 6PM
The Gospel Tribute to Aretha Franklin
Evelyn Turrentine Agee
Evangelist Dorothy Norwood
Mother Laura Lee
Dorinda Clark-Cole
Minister Douglas Miller
Evangelist Esther Smith

The Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
And Choirs From:
New Bethel Baptist Church
Greater Burnette Baptist Church
The Matthews Family
The Anointed 4
and More!
(Participants are subject to change)

New Bethel Baptist Church
8430 C.L. Franklin Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48206
Rev. Robert Smith, Jr., Host Pastor
Sister Fannie L. Tyler, Program Coordinator
Pastor R. Patrick Johnson and Bro. Calvin Hughes, Program Chairpersons
For more information and/or directions, call 313.837.0032/33

Tuesday, Aug. 28 and Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
9AM – 9PM Each Day
Aretha Franklin Public Visitation & Viewing
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Rotunda
315 E. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
Notes: The Public Visitation and Viewing are open to the public, however long lines are expected

Thursday, Aug. 30., 2018
Noon – 4PM
Aretha Franklin Viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church
8430 Linwood, Detroit, MI 48206
Notes: This viewing is primarily for New Bethel members

6PM – 9PM
Chene Park Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert
Free concert at Chene Park Amphitheatre featuring:
Cherri Black

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Doug Carn

Jean Carne

Kurt Carr

Steffinie Christian

Angela Davis

Raheem DeVaughn

George Faison

Minister Louis Farrakhan

Gwen Foxx

The Four Tops

Eddie Franklin

Gracie Franklin

Victorie Franklin

Johnny Gill

Beth Griffith-Manley

Kimmie Horne

Santita Jackson

Dr. Bobby Jones


Alise King

Gladys Knight


Jenifer Lewis

Tasha Page-Lockhart

LJ Reynolds

KiKi Sheard

Angie Stone

The event will be free to the public. Tickets are required for admission and will be available online through beginning Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. ET. In honor of the Queen, Ticketmaster will waive all fees. Guests are allowed a maximum of two (2) tickets via Ticketmaster digital-mobile tickets. Visit the Chene Park website ( for more details. Capacity at the riverside amphitheater is about 6,000.

Note: Tickets will be supplied in “digital mobile” form, meaning attendees will be emailed codes that then will be scanned from their cell phones at the Chene Park gates.

Friday, August 31, 2018
Celebration of Life Service at Greater Grace Temple

23500 W. Seven Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48219
Notes: Currently the Homegoing Service is limited to family members, friends and selected guests. Public seating may or may not become available prior to the date.
Musical Guests:

Stevie Wonder

Faith Hill

Ronald Isley

Chaka Khan


Jennifer Hudson

Yolanda Adams

Shirley Caesar

The Clark Sisters

Jennifer Holliday

Tasha Cobbs-Leonard

Marvin Sapp

The Williams Brothers

Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Audrey DuBois Harris

Alice McAllister Tillman

Edward Franklin

Aretha Franklin Orchestra

Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir

Aretha Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, 19975 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI  48202, alongside her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.

(Information provided by Ms. Franklin’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn)

DETROIT – The full program for Aretha Franklin’s funeral service on Friday, Aug. 31 has been released.

WDIV (Local Channel 4 in Detroit) will carry the funeral service live beginning at 9AM.

  • 9:30-9:50 a.m.: Musical Prelude: Aretha Franklin Orchestra
  • 9:50-10:00 a.m.: Lighting of Candles: Swanson Funeral Home, Inc.
  • 10:00-10:20 a.m.: Processional: Clergy, Ministers and Family
  • 10:20-10:25 a.m.: Prayer of Comfort: Dr. E.L. Branch, Pastor, Third New Hope Church
  • 10:25-10:40 a.m.: Scripture of Comfort:
    • 10:25 a.m.: Old Testament: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Potter’s House, Dallas, TX
    • 10:30 a.m.: New Testament: Pastor Solomon Kinloch, Triumph Church
    • 10:35 a.m.: The Psalm: Bishop P.A. Brooks, Pastor, New St. Paul Tabernacle Church
  • 10:40-10:45 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 10:45-10:49 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Faith Hill
  • 10:49-11:03 a.m.: Remarks:
    • 10:49 a.m.: Brenda Jones, City Council President
    • 10:51 a.m.: JoAnn Watson, Detroit City Council
    • 10:53 a.m.: Mike Duggan, Mayor, City of Detroit
    • 10:57 a.m.: Governor Rick Snyder, State of Michigan
  • 11:03-11:08 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Ariana Grande
  • 1108-11:13 a.m.: Musical Tribute: The Clark Sisters
  • 11:13-11:18 a.m: Acknowledgements and Condolences: Barbara Sampson
  • 11:18-11:23 a.m.: Musical Tribute: The Williams Brothers & Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • 11:23-11:40 a.m.: Family Reflections: Vaughn, Cristal, Victorie & Jordan Franklin
  • 11:40-11:45 a.m.: Family Musical Tribute: Edward Franklin
  • 11:45-11:50 a.m.: Obituary: Sabrina Owens
  • 11:50-11:55 a.m.: Musical Tribute: Alice McAllister Tillman
  • 11:55-12:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Audrey DuBois Harris
  • 12:00-12:15 p.m.: Personal Remarks:
    • 12:00 p.m.: Eric Holder, Former U.S. Attorney General
    • 12:05 p.m.: Senator Gary Peters, State of Michigan
    • 12:10 p.m.: Former President, William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton
  • 12:15-12:19 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Pastor Shirley Caesar and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard
  • 12:19-12:36 p.m.: Personal Reflections :
    • 12:19 p.m.: Greg Mathis, Retired Judge, 36th District Court, Detroit, MI
    • 12:23 p.m.: Brenda Lawrence, State Representative, 14th Congressional District
    • 12:27 p.m.: Rev. Donald L. Parsons, Logos Assembly Church, Chicago, IL
    • 12:31 p.m.: Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder, National Action Network
  • 12:36-12:41 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Chaka Khan
  • 12:41-12:51 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Ron Isley
  • 12:51 p.m.: Rev. Jesse Jackson, Founder/President Rainbow P.U.S.H. Coalition
  • 1:00 p.m.: Dr. William J. Barber, II, Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsborough N.C
  • 1:05 p.m.: Rev. James Holley, Retired Pastor, New Light Missionary Baptist Church
  • 1:10-1:15 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Fantasia Barrino-Taylor
  • 1:15-1:30 p.m: Personal Reflections :
    • 1:15 p.m.: Tyler Perry
    • 1:17 p.m.: Cicely Tyson, Actress
    • 1:20 p.m.: Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music
    • 1:25 p.m.: Smokey Robinson, Recording Artist
  • 1:30-1:34 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Bishop Paul Morton and Yolanda Adams
  • 1:34-1:53 p.m.: Personal Reflections :
    • 1:34 p.m.: Mildred Gaddis, Radio Personality
    • 1:38 p.m.: Isaiah Thomas, Former NBA Player, Detroit Pistons
    • 1:42 p.m.: Ron Moten, Personal Friend, Franchise Owner, McDonald’s Restaurants
    • 1:48 p.m.: Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • 1:53-2:00 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Bishop Marvin Sapp and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir
  • 2:00-2:05 p.m.: Sermonic Selection: Jennifer Hudson
  • 2:05-2:35 p.m.: Eulogy: Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr., Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Atlanta GA
  • 2:35-2:45 p.m.: Musical Tribute: Stevie Wonder joined by National Artists
  • 2:45-3:00 p.m.: Recessional: Jennifer Holliday and the Aretha Franklin Celebration Choir

Aretha Franklin’s funeral is an invitation-only event; however, the church is allowing the first 1,000 people lined up who are appropriately dressed in for the service.

READHow to watch Aretha Franklin’s funeral service on Aug. 31

Following the service at Greater Grace, Aretha Franklin’s body will be driven to Woodlawn Cemetery, where she’ll be buried. The procession will leave Greater Grace and head east on Seven Mile Road. It will turn left on Woodward Avenue and into the cemetery for Aretha Franklin’s private burial.

Well-wishers are welcome to line the street.