Makeshift Aretha Franklin Tribute Appears at Manhattan Subway Stop

posted by Andrew Magnotta - 

Days after it was reported that soul music legend Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill" and in hospice care, fans set up a makeshift tribute to her at a TriBeCa subway station. 

New Yorkers turned the Franklin Street subway station into the "Aretha" Franklin Street station using some while paint. But it didn't end there.

The fans also added references, remembrances and calls of prayer for the singer elsewhere on the 1 train line. 

Messages pasted on the stairwells read, "Say a little prayer for Aretha" and "Aretha Makes Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" — a reference to one of Franklin's biggest hits, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."

Gothamist reports the tributes were installed sometime late Tuesday. Many of the makeshift signs, however, were removed by Wednesday. That same day, a vigil was held for her at New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin's father was once a pastor.

Franklin died of cancer Thursday at age 76 at her home in Michigan. 


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Aretha Franklin tribute up at the Franklin Street subway station

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