Aretha Franklin‘s hometown paid her the utmost R-E-S-P-E-C-T by naming a post office after her.
The name change was made possible by a bill signed into law by former President Donald Trump before he left office in January, NBC NY reports.
Members of Franklin’s family joined postal and elected officials to celebrate the name change honoring the Queen of Soul, who is best known for her hits “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “Respect.”
The post office is located not far from a concert amphitheater on the Detroit River which is also named for Franklin. The former Fox Creek post office will forever be known as “Aretha Franklin Post Office Building.”
“Her legacy lives on in her music, in her family. But we have added to that list of her legacy: A post office with her name on it,” said U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a longtime postal service worker.
Lawrence, who was also a friend of Franklin’s, introduced the bill in Congress that was signed by President Trump.
The longtime Democrat said on Monday:
“Sometimes people wonder if Congress can come together. Congress can come together when it comes to standing up and recognizing this amazing person.”
Franklin died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer in 2018 at age 76 in her Detroit home.