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Michigan House backs highway designation for Aretha Franklin

June 20, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature is honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.

The state Senate voted 32-5 on Thursday to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.

The legislation will soon go to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.

Supporters say dedicating a portion of the highway is a way to honor the musical and cultural icon, who grew up in Detroit and learned the gospel fundamentals at New Bethel Baptist Church.

Some Republicans who oppose the bill have said such designations should only go to fallen first responders and military veterans.

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