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DC Museum Pays Respect to Aretha Franklin With Portrait



    Aretha Franklin Poster on Display at National Portrait Gallery

    The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has placed a poster of Aretha Franklin on display in the "in memoriam" section of the museum. (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    A portrait of Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul," was installed at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Friday.

    Franklin, who was known for classics like "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

    Franklin's portrait is on the museum's first floor in the In Memoriam space. 

    The portrait is a color lithographic poster that was created in 1968 by graphic designer Milton Glaser. The museum says the poster's colorful, geometric shapes convey the "creative energy of Franklin's performances."

    The portrait will remain on display through Aug. 22. 

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