Country music icon Dolly Parton said Thursday she has asked Tennessee lawmakers to pull their costs to set up a statue of her on the state’s capitol grounds in Nashville.
” Offered all that is going on the planet, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is suitable at this time,” Parton said on Twitter.
Parton, 75, included that she’s open to being honored with a statue in Music City “someplace down the roadway numerous years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it.”
” In the meantime, I’ll continue to attempt to do good work to make this fantastic state proud,” her statement stated.
A life-size statue of the nine-time Grammy winner already stands on display in Sevierville, Tennessee, which is Parton’s hometown.
Statues over the last few years have been at the center of volatile and divisive political disputes about which Americans should be honored in the public square, and whether statues of figures with racist or otherwise controversial pasts ought to be torn down.
However the expense to commemorate Parton in Nashville, proposed by Democratic State Rep. John Mark Windle, received broad bipartisan assistance from the heavily Republican-leaning Tennessee General Assembly.
Windle in a recent interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press said he was “shocked” by the response his costs created.
Tennesseans “love Dolly Parton, not just because she’s a fantastic artist,” Windle said. “She’s a caring, compassionate and just a good individual. She looks after her community, she looks after her state. And she does it selflessly.”
Parton has a strong history of philanthropy in the state and beyond. Her “Creativity Library” program, started in 1995, mails free books to children monthly.
After the 2016 Tennessee wildfires ruined numerous homes, Parton promised to donate $1,000 a month to each household left without a place to live for six months.
Last April, Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to aid in its efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, consisting of Moderna’s vaccine trial.