Even Parton's late father was a fan of the monument. Parton told Jimmy Kimmel in 2016 about how her father used to get a bucket of soapy water and "scrub all the pigeon poop off" of it late at night. "Isn't that the sweetest thing?"
The call to replace Confederate monuments in Tennessee with Parton picked up momentum in December, when Republican state Rep. Jeremy Faison suggested the "9 to 5" hitmaker as a potential replacement for Forrest's bust in the Tennessee Statehouse.
"If we want to preserve history, then let's tell it the right way," Faison told the Tennessean. "How about getting a lady in there? My daughter is 16, and I would love for her to come into the Capitol and see a lady up there. ... What's wrong with someone like Dolly Parton being put in that alcove?"
While many Confederate statues are being torn down in the South, Forrest's will not go down without a fight. In the wake of George Floyd's death and the Black Lives Matter protests that have spread nationwide, large groups have gathered near Forrest's bust and called for its removal.
It's unlikely, however, that Parton will end up replacing it given that the Tennessee Legislature has rejected calls to remove it, even after a recent protest.
Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, and Sen. Ted Cruz are among the high-profile supporters of removing Bedford's statue. As the Change.org petition spikes in popularity, Twitter users are fired up about a Dolly Parton monument too: "Liberals. Conservatives.
Agreeing that Dolly Parton is a national treasure worthy of her own statue," wrote one user. But another cautioned: "listen i love dolly parton and im sure she'd make a great statue, but ... we should probably replace the confederate statues with statues of black people first?"