Tennessee Rep. John Mark Windle recently introduced legislation that would create a fund to pay for the design, construction, establishment and maintenance of a Dolly Parton statue at the Tennessee Capitol. Well, it turns out Dolly doesn’t want on…at least not now.
“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” she shared on social media. “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.” Dolly explains, “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.”
She hasn’t ruled it down the road though, noting, “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.”
Finally, Dolly says, “In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”