Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Demolition of Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home Postponed

The boarded-up house at 406 Lucy Avenue, birth home of soul singer Aretha Franklin, could be demolished under a Shelby County Environmental Court order. (Photo: Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)
The boarded-up house at 406 Lucy Avenue, birth home of soul singer Aretha Franklin, could be demolished under a Shelby County Environmental Court order.

*A judge has postponed an order to demolish the dilapidated home where singer Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis.

Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter on Thursday told the person responsible for the property to return to court on Aug. 11 with a timeline and economic proposals to save the home, reports The Commercial Appeal.

Potter cited the city’s satisfaction that the property had been somewhat repaired and secured, the home’s importance in “the history of R&B in this city and this country,” and his own love for Franklin’s music when he announced his decision.

As previously reported, Franklin was born in the house on March 25, 1942.

On June 7, Potter put the home into city receivership, with an order to “abate nuisance through demolition.”

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