Aretha Franklin's home church asking for community's help funding mural project

It's all about keeping the legacy of a music icon Aretha Franklin alive.

Leaders of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit gathered Tuesday, along with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, to announce a major tribute. The church was founded by the Queen of Soul's father, CL Franklin.

"To have on the side of this building this mural with Reverend CL Franklin and Aretha is entirely appropriate," Rev. Jackson said.

A rendering was released of what the tribute piece will look like. Church leaders said it will be placed on the side of the church building, but the project comes with a hefty price tag and church leaders said they need the community's help to get the project off the ground.

"First estimate was about $375,000," said Pastor Robert Smith. "The wall is going to have to be treated in such a way that it doesn't fall apart."

You can help keep this music icon's legacy alive and help find this project by clicking here for a Go Fund Me link.

"Please be supportive do what you can do and we will make sure that the money is well spent," said trustee Rick Blocker.

Trustees within the church said they will also seek other avenues to preserve the building and the project.

"This year, our efforts are going to move to make New Bethel a historical site so that we can apply for the funds necessary to help preserve the facility," who said.

Church leaders said the artist behind this project will be announced at a later date but for now their goal is to get funding.

"We are asking that you look into your hearts, look into your pocket, and make a donation," Blocker said.