Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin poses on the red carpet before the 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2015. (Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images)

The body of Aretha Franklin, laid to rest in a gold casket, arrived Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit for a two-day viewing.

Franklin will lie in repose at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. At the request of her family, only gospel music will be played at the viewings.

A private celebration for Franklin, an honorary member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

The Queen of Soul lays in her open casket donned a red lace dress, red satin high heels and her hair perfectly coiffed in waves and pin curls.

Stuart Popp, who drove from Plymouth, Michigan, in his pink 1956 Cadillac Grand Seville to the viewing, was greeted by the crowd singing Franklin’s hit “Freeway of Love,” according to CNN.

Popp told CNN he’s been asked to display the car at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as drive in the Franklin’s funeral procession Friday.

“This was way bigger than I thought it was going to be,” he said as fans clamored to jump in the front seat for photos. “I was a fan of her music.”

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