Aretha Franklin was given her propers Monday (Oct. 4) when a post office in her hometown of Detroit was renamed for the late legend.
Members of Franklin’s family as well as postal and elected officials visited the former Fox Creek post office to mark the occasion.
“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 also was a friend of Franklin’s and introduced the bill in Congress that resulted in the name change.
The legislation, which was signed by Donald Trump in January, sailed through Congress, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said. “Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together,” the Democratic senator said to laughter during the dedication ceremony Monday. “Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person.”
The post office is located about five miles east of downtown and not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River that also is named for Franklin. It now will be known as the “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building.”
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