The authority of Detroit has recently named a post office after Aretha Franklin. The Aretha Franklin Post Office Building which was formerly known as the Fox Creek post office has celebrated this occasion.
The post office is located five miles east of downtown Detroit. The town is close to the Detroit River which is also named after the singer.
The post office’s name was introduced by Michigan Democratic representative Brenda Lawrence. The legislation took the step to change the name in January of this year. Former President Donald Trump signed the approval after passing through Congress.
Brenda Lawrence said at the ceremony, “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.”
Lawrence also said, “Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together,” Democratic senator Gary Peters added. “Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person.”
Franklin passed away in 2018 at the age of 76. Based on Franklin’s life, a biopic was released last month. NME gave the biopic four-star and mentioned, “Rather than just highlighting her incredible voice, Respect fills out Aretha Franklin’s story, focusing on her life-long commitment to civil rights, from singing at MLK’s funeral to her support of Angela Davis, and refusing to gloss over her struggles with alcoholism, abuse, and depression.”