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Aretha Franklin portrait will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 (Smithsonian Portrait Gallery/Twitter)
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Aretha Franklin portrait displayed at National Portrait Gallery to honor singer

WASHINGTON (ABC7) -- The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is displaying a portrait of Aretha Franklin to pay tribute to the late icon.

Franklin's portrait was created by Milton Glaser is installed in the museum's In Memoriam Space on the first floor Friday morning.

The 18-time Grammy-Award winner's portrait will remain in the museum for viewing through next Wednesday.

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The legendary musician died at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit.

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Franklin performed for three presidents and also at a number of inaugurations including Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. She was not present at President Donald Trump's inauguration.

During a Thursday cabinet meeting Trump expressed his warmest and best wishes to Franklin's family. He said knew her well and she even "worked" for him adding her legacy would thrive and inspire many generations to come.

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have joined with many others in praising the legacy of Aretha Franklin.

The Obama's said that through Franklin's voice "we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect."

Former President Bill Clinton

The Clinton's also released a statement on Franklin's passing Thursday, calling her "one of America's greatest national treasures."

Aretha Franklin sang at the inaugural concert for President Clinton in 1993 and later received the 1994 Kennedy Center Honors award at a White House reception.

She sang again for the former president during the 1999 White House Correspondents dinner.

Former Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Clinton said the late songstress deserves not only "RESPECT" but "lasting gratitude."


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