The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was recently laid to rest, but fans are still paying homage to her timeless hit, "Respect." Last month, right after her death, tributes began pouring in.
The MTA decided to debut the black-and-white "Respect" decal with the official Transit logo to align with Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, August 31.
Leroy McCarthy, the local Brooklyn artist behind Aretha Franklin's spray chalk tribute [below], spoke with Brooklyn Reader to admit that he was the mastermind behind bringing this to fruition. "[He] saw the attention it was getting, so [he] reached out to MTA and asked if they would be open to a collaboration, suggesting a mural that said ‘Respect’ on the exterior wall and they came back instead with the idea of putting up ‘Respect’ throughout the station."
There's no official word on whether or not the tribute is permanent, so check it out while you can.
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