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Dolly Parton rejects calls for statue in her honour at Tennessee Capitol

Dolly Parton rejects calls for statue in her honour at Tennessee Capitol

Country music icon Dolly Parton has rejected plans to erect a statue in her honour at the Tennessee Capitol, saying while she is ‘honoured and humbled’ by the thought, there is ‘too much going on in the world’ for it to be appropriate.

State officials introduced the bill for the Parton statue last month, with the intention to honour Dolly for her contributions to the state.

“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” wrote Dolly Parton in a Twitter statement.

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“I am honoured and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration.

“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now, or perhaps after I’m gone if you feel I still deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”

The bill comes after an online petition for the state to remove statues honouring Confederate figures, started by Alex Parsons.

“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 (sic) a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” he wrote.

“Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton's philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better.

“From the Dollywood foundation that has provided books and scholarships to millions of American children, to the millions of dollars she has donated to dozens of organizations such as the Red Cross and COVID-19 research centers, Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away.”