Dolly Parton has asked Tennessee legislators not to proceed with installing a statue in her honor on the state Capitol’s grounds.
A new message from the country music legend made its way across Twitter Thursday as it called for the suggested actions to be dropped, though she is “honored and humbled” by the gesture.
Her message reads, “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.”
A House committee passed a bill on Feb. 9 in favor of erecting such a statue, recommended by Rep. John Windle (D-Livingston), to recognize all of the country icon’s contributions to the state.
A petition was filed suggesting that a statue of Parton, 75, replace those dedicated to Confederate officers.
The petition reads, “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.”
There are numerous reasons to consider her for recognition, including her music, Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, and philanthropy.
The petition reads, “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.”
New England Journal of Medicine recently stated that the “9 to 5” singer has been giving $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research, which has helped Moderna develop an effective vaccine.
On Twitter in November 2020, fans joked that she had saved the world with her donation.
She discussed the vaccine and the role she’s credited with having played in its development.
She said, “I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else. When I donated the money to the COVID[-19] fund, I just wanted it to do good, and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon.”