Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin with a highway designation, AP reports.
The bill, approved on Monday, is to designate a portion of M-10 in Detroit as the “Aretha L. Franklin Memorial Highway.” Franklin died in Detroit last year after battling pancreatic cancer.
The Democratic governor notes in a statement that Franklin’s “creativity and voice contributed to our musical and cultural history in Michigan.”
Supporters of the designation say dedicating a portion of the highway is a way to honor the musical and cultural icon, who grew up in Detroit and learned the gospel fundamentals at New Bethel Baptist Church.
Some Republicans who opposed the bill, however, have said such designations should only go to fallen first responders and military veterans.