DETROIT (WXYZ) - Aretha Franklin says she may donate the hat she wore during President Barack Obama's inauguration to the Smithsonian Institute.
The Queen of Soul donned the rhinestone studded gray felt hat as she belted out "My Country 'tis of Thee" before the president was sworn in.
The unusual hat drew so much attention that it prompted hundreds of calls to the Detroit millinery shop where it was made.
Franklin says the Smithsonian wants the hat for an exhibit on Obama's inauguration. However she says parting with the hat would be difficult because she considers that day to be "a crowning moment in history."
Franklin says she's considering the request.
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