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Sunset Vigil at Birthplace of Aretha Franklin on Aug. 31st

Memphians who wish to honor the late Queen of Soul will gather at the birthplace of Aretha Franklin for a vigil on Friday, August 31st from 5:30 – 6 p.m.

The home is located in South Memphis at 406 Lucy Avenue.

Speakers include pastors Dr. Eli Morris, Senior Associate Pastor of Hope Church, and Walter Rayburn of New Salem MBC, which was the church Aretha’s Franklin’s father C.L. Franklin pastored from 1942 – 1944.

Students of the Stax Music Academy will perform three songs that were among the most popular for Ms. Franklin: “Amazing Grace,” “Say A Little Prayer,” and “Soulsville.”

The vigil was organized by Jeffrey Higgs of South Memphis Renewal Community Corp., and Gebre Waddell, CEO of Memphis-based Soundways, who recently established the GoFundMe campaign to restore the home and make it an official landmark and memorial. Read more about the GoFundMe campaign at the Commercial Appeal.