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Detroit venue renamed for Aretha Franklin gets new sign

May 9, 2019
Steve Sanford, of Johnson Sign Co., helps remove the Chene Park sign before replacing it with the new Aretha Franklin signage, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan told mourners at the Queen of Soul's funeral in August that the name would be changed, saying that "when Franklin sang, it sounded like the voice of Detroit." Days later, City Council unanimously approved it. The facility is known for its outdoor stage and summer concerts. Franklin died Aug. 16 at 76. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — There’s one more sign a Detroit riverfront concert venue has been renamed after Aretha Franklin.

Workers on Thursday were taking down the Chene (SHANE) Park sign outside the venue and putting up one reflecting the name change. It features a stylized signature of the Queen of Soul’s first name.

Mayor Mike Duggan told mourners at Franklin’s funeral in August the name would be changed to Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, saying “when Aretha Franklin sang, it sounded like the voice of Detroit.” Days later, City Council unanimously approved it.

The facility is known for its outdoor stage and summer concerts, and hosted a Franklin tribute show last summer. She performed at Chene Park in 2015 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

The 2019 season starts in June.

Franklin died Aug. 16 at 76.