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Dolly Parton asks for statue plans to be put on hold
18 February 2021, 18:24
Singer Dolly Parton has said that plans for a statue of her in Nashville would not be “appropriate” at this moment in time.
Dolly Parton has asked that plans to erect a statue of her in Nashville, Tennessee, be put on hold.
Last month Democrat Representative John Mark Windle introduced a bill calling for the country music singer to be honoured in the grounds of the Capitol in her home state.
Parton, 75, said in a statement on Twitter that she wanted “to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds”.
She added: “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.
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.
“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.
“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
In addition to her successful music career, Parton also has a history of philanthropy and founded the Imagination Library, which sends books to children around the world in an effort to improve child literacy.
She also made a million dollar donation to help with the development of the Moderna vaccine.