Dolly Parton asks Tennessee Lawmakers to Scrap Bill to Erect a Statue of her Likeness at the Capitol

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Beloved country star Dolly Parton has demurred to the installation of a statue in her honor on Tennessee Capitol grounds after state lawmakers proposed a bill to immortalize her likeness.

In the midst of last year’s BLM protests, an online petition was filed to replace the statues of confederate officers with the country icon. Parton’s philanthropic efforts through the Dollywood Foundation helped assist in the development of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine with a million dollar donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research.  

“Tennessee is littered with statues memorializing confederate officers. History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise. Instead, let us honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” the petition stated. “Let’s replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together.”  

“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else,” she humbly told Today about the significant donation. “When I donated the money to the COVID fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon.”

But when the Tennessee House committee passed a bill to erect a statue of the singer on Capitol grounds February 9th, Parton urged lawmakers to drop the legislation.  

“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds. I am honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration,” she wrote on Instagram.  

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean,” Parton finished.  

 

 

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Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb
2 months ago

Another country lady who is worthy would be the Queen of Country rock, Emmylou Harris. She is a quiet patriot, but read her history, and you’d know what I mean. But her statue would be in Birmingham, Ala.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

She made the right decision. In a few years, the ninnies would paint obscenities on her somewhere and find a reason to drag her likeness to some unsavory place. Government education has a way of ruining rather than improving. School choice might change all that.

Betty
2 months ago
Reply to  Gene Ralno

I AGREE SHE HAS MADE A SENSIBLE DECISION!!

scorpion
scorpion
2 months ago

A true lady who has inspired us all with her
songs and continues to do so. Seems fitting that
she does not want to exploit herself with a statue
etc. but later on she will stand tall after her death
on a pedestal for all to see.

PatrioTEA
PatrioTEA
2 months ago

A great woman of true class. She does Country proud.

Jerry
Jerry
2 months ago

She deserves a statue in her honor as a great Tennessean and American but let’s be honest, the moronic cancel everything crowd would find reason to pull down the statue and nobody has the guts to stop such madness. The only statue that should be pulled down is the monument to Communist founder Vladimir Lenin in Seattle.

George Lukens
George Lukens
2 months ago

What a gal! We need more like her in this country. A true American! Thanks, Dolly❤️

Lisa
Lisa
2 months ago

Class. She’s all class

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

Dolly is ONE of a kind; lady extraordinaire!

Brian
Brian
2 months ago

True class.