Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been posthumously honored after a post office in her hometown of Detroit was named after the late singer.
The Fox Creek post office, which will be now called “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building,” is located about five miles east of downtown and not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River that is also named for Franklin.
Franklin died in 2018 at age 76 in her Detroit home.
“Her legacy lives on in her music, in her family. But we have added to that list of her legacy: A post office with her name on it,” said U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a Michigan Democrat and longtime postal service worker.
Lawrence, who was also a long-time friend of the late singer, introduced the bill to rename the post office. The bill was eventually passed and signed by former President Donald Trump in January.
“Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together,” U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said to laughter during the dedication ceremony on Monday, October 4. “Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person.”
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