Detroit might be bringing Aretha Franklin’s “Freeway of Love” to life. According to the Detroit Free Press, State Representative Fred Durhal III has presented a plan to rename a section of Michigan’s highway the Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway. The location for the proposed tribute to the musical icon was chosen for its proximity to the New Bethel Baptist Church where Franklin’s father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, pastored.
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“Her father’s church is in my district and so she was a staple in the community. We just wanted to make sure we paid the proper tribute to her,” said Durhall about his suggested change. He added that the area was “close to her stomping grounds.” This isn’t the first time the city has tried to reciprocate the affection it was shown by Franklin throughout her life. The Detroit City Council renamed a street in the downtown district, Aretha Franklin Way, last year. The council also agreed to rename the Chene Park concert venue, the Aretha Louise Franklin Amphitheater, shortly after her passing on August 16. “Look at her funeral and memorial service and folks came out in droves. Franklin was a source of inspiration for thousands, both with her music and her dedication to civil rights activism. She always showed so much love for our city — this is a great way to show how much the people of Detroit loved her back,” Durhall continued. We can picture the pink cadillacs lining up now!

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