What You Need To Know: Aretha Franklin

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill that will officially designate part of Detroit's John C. Lodge Freeway, also known as the M-10, as the Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway, WXYZ reported.

>> Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Whitmer signed HB 4060, which was introduced by Rep. Leslie Love, into law Monday, WWJ reported.

"Aretha Franklin was an American icon. She began her career here in the heart of Detroit. Her creativity and voice contributed to our musical and cultural history in Michigan,” Whitmer said in a statement. “I’m honored to be able to dedicate a portion of the M-10 freeway to remember Aretha and all she did for our state.”

The late Aretha Franklin, who grew up in Detroit, had a portion of one of the city's freeway named in her honor.
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The bill passed in the Michigan Senate in June, WXYZ reported.

Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018. She was 76.

Franklin grew up in Detroit and learned gospel music at New Bethel Baptist Church, ABC News reported.

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