Just before Aretha Franklin’s death last month the Franklin subway stations around New York became unofficial tributes to the Queen of Soul.
Now, the MTA has created an official homage to Aretha Franklin with black-and-white signs which read “Respect” at the Franklin Avenue station in Crown Heights and Franklin Street in Tribeca.
An MTA spokesperson told CNN, “”We wanted to memorialize the outpouring of love from the community for Aretha Franklin. In consultation with local leaders, we agreed that ‘respect’ was a beautiful tribute and worthy message.”
While the unofficial tribute was removed quickly after appearing, the MTA unveiled the signs in honor of Aretha Franklin over the weekend, coinciding with her funeral. You’ll still be able to see “Aretha” written above the Franklin Street subway signs from when fans honored the Queen of Soul last month.
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