According to USA Today, access to the main mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery where Franklin’s tomb is located is public, and one of those who came to pay respects was Linda Ferrell, 69, of Detroit, who told the Detroit Free Press, that she was friends with Franklin’s sister.
“I wanted to make sure it was real,” she explained. Now, “it sinks in. You know she passed, but this brings it home.”
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via USA TODAY:
She was among the thousands of fans who witnessed Franklin’s funeral procession in person, waiting outside the cemetery “for hours” while the singer’s hearse approached and then while her body was interred.
Each room on the mausoleum’s bottom floor, where Franklin is entombed, is made of a different color marble. The room containing Franklin and her father is white marble. Next door, the room one attendant called the Rose Room contains Franklin’s two sisters, interred behind dark red marble facades. The slabs in every room are adorned with gold letters spelling out the names.
“Now when I hear her music, it definitely brings a tear to my eye. It has more meaning and more impact,” said Calvin Jackson, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Franklin. “‘Since You’ve Been Gone,’ you know, that was nice dancing music back in ’67, in my dancing days. Now when I hear it, it just has a greater impact. It’s almost like the music has slowed down for you to really understand what she was saying.”
He added: “That’s the great part about her music. It’s something that she’s left us. Now she’s gone but the music is still here.”