Dolly Parton asks Tennessee officials not to put her statue at Capitol

Dolly Parton Asks Tennessee Lawmakers Not to Build a Statue of Her at Capitol .A bill had recently been introduced by Rep. John Mark Windle to erect a statue in Nashville honoring Parton "for all that she has contributed" to the state.The bill was met with overwhelming support due to Parton's philanthropy and music.She's a caring, compassionate and just a decent person. She takes care of her community, she takes care of her state. And she does it selflessly, Rep. John Mark Windle, to The Chattanooga Times Free Press.Parton, 75, caught wind of the bill and issued a statement on Twitter.Given all that is going on in the world, I don't think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time, Dolly Parton, via Twitter.The singer, who most recently donated $1 million to fund the coronavirus vaccine, said she'd be open to the idea in the future.I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I'm gone if you still feel like I deserve it, then I'm certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean, Dolly Parton, via Twitter.In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud, Dolly Parton, via Twitter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton is asking Tennessee lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would erect a statue of her on the Capitol grounds in Nashville.

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” Parton said in a statement issued Thursday.

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Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced the bill last month that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state.”

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Aside from her status as a music icon, Parton is a lifelong philanthropist. She founded the Imagination Library, which mails books to children under the age of 5 across the world to improve child literacy, and her million-dollar donation to Vanderbilt University helped develop the highly effective Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Her advocacy for racial justice was recently celebrated in a mural in Nashville.

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In advocating for the statue, Windle said, “At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is (a) kind, decent, passionate human being? (She’s) a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”

In her Thursday statement, Parton thanked the Legislature for its consideration of the bill and said she was honored and humbled by its intentions.

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Although she asked lawmakers to withdraw the bill for now, Parton said ,“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.”

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