Aretha Franklin Gets Memorialized In NYC Through Street Art

NEW YORK - JANUARY 09: Soul singer Aretha Franklin reviews a copy of her album "Aretha Franklin - Soul '69" at Atlantic Records studios on January 9, 1969 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Aretha Franklin Gets Memorialized In NYC Through Street Art

The "respect" is real.

Published September 4, 2018

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.

  1. Franklin Street subway station, TriBeCa, NYC #ArethaFranklin (Artist: Anonymous)

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  2. Many tributes were immediately taken down, but the MTA has decided to post an official memoriam throughout the Franklin Ave. and Franklin St. stations

    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.

  3. 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.

Written by Mya Abraham

(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)


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