The vehicle that carried Franklin’s body Tuesday also transported civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer David Ruffin in 1991.
Swanson, whose family has been in the funeral services business for 60 years, said they were “honored to be able to help,” as they did when Franklin lost her dad.
Crowds gathered to view the singer lying in repose inside the museum.
Fans gather to view Aretha Franklin’s body in Detroit
The hearse arrived early Tuesday. A group of pallbearers wearing dark suits and white gloves escorted the casket inside the museum.
The sight sparked a great deal of emotion.
“I was so stunned when we took the body out of the hearse; people all over the crowd were tearful and saying, ‘I love you Aretha, “‘ Swanson said. “They really loved her, and she loved Detroit.”
He said Franklin is resting in a 24-karat, gold-plated casket that’s the top of the line.
“God didn’t make a better singer. and there isn’t a better casket,” Swanson said. “She deserves the very best.”