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Detroit renames street after Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/9/2017
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. (David Guralnick/The Detroit News)/Detroit News via AP) © The Associated Press 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. (David Guralnick/The Detroit News)/Detroit News via AP)

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

Aretha Franklin and her son Kecalf Cunningham stand under the newly unveiled street sign in front of the Music Hall in Detroit, June 8, 2017. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP) © The Associated Press Aretha Franklin and her son Kecalf Cunningham stand under the newly unveiled street sign in front of the Music Hall in Detroit, June 8, 2017. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

A section of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell, was named Aretha Franklin Way for The Queen of Soul on Thursday. The area is at the heart of a performing arts district that includes the Detroit Opera House.

Singer Aretha Franklin sheds tears after the sign renaming a street in her honor is unveiled in front of the Music Hall in Detroit, June 8, 2017. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP) © The Associated Press Singer Aretha Franklin sheds tears after the sign renaming a street in her honor is unveiled in front of the Music Hall in Detroit, June 8, 2017. (David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP)

Franklin told a crowd gathered at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts that she knew she would "get weepy" by the honor.

The 75-year-old Franklin thanked the Detroit City Council for the honor, which she called magnificent. She went on to recall her youthful days skating at the Arcadia Ballroom and singing at the Flame Show Bar.

The street-naming launched four days of events for the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend, designed to showcase the city's artists.

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