There’s finally a “freeway of love,” as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday signed a bill memorializing Detroit pop legend Aretha Franklin.
House Bill 4060, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit) designates the portion of the M-10 freeway between Livernois and I-94 in Detroit as the “Aretha Franklin Memorial Highway.”
Love has said that Franklin was “more than a musical icon,” noting her civil rights legacy, including working with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign. She received a host of accolades, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, before passing away on Aug. 18, 2018, at age 76.
“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,” said Whitmer. “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.”