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Lawrence bill would rename Detroit post office after Queen of Soul

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News
Aretha Franklin

A downtown Detroit post office could be getting the royal treatment thanks to legislation that would rename the building after the Queen of Soul.

Michigan’s congressional delegation is angling for federal legislation that would rename the post office at 12711 East Jefferson Avenue the “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building.”

The bill’s introduction by Democratic Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence of Southfield comes less than a week after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed state legislation dedicating a portion of the Lodge Freeway as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.”

“It is my pleasure to honor this mega talent and my good friend Aretha Franklin in this manner,” Lawrence said in a statement. “After renaming Chene Park to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater, I felt additional accolades were necessary on the federal level to extend her legacy.”

Franklin, who was born in Tennessee but lived most of her life in Detroit and got her start in her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church, died last year after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lawrence's legislation was signed by every member of the state congressional delegation, according to the statement from her office.

The renaming of a portion of the Lodge Freeway between Livernois and Interstate 94 in Franklin’s honor last week earned largely bipartisan support in the Michigan Legislature.

However, some Republican lawmakers opposed the measure because they felt the designation should be reserved for military veterans and first-responders.


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