Dolly Parton Declines Statue at TN Capitol: ‘Don’t Think Putting Me on a Pedestal is Appropriate’

by Emily Morgan
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The queen has spoken. On Thursday, Dolly Parton released a statement in response to her proposed statute at the Tennessee state capitol. A true woman of grace, Parton’s statement is a further testament as to why she truly deserves all the recognition.

“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erest a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” Parton began.

“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is approproate 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 her signature style, Parton’s message illustrated a tone of humility and gratitude for the nomination.

“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”

Cue the tears. She truly is the national treasure we don’t deserve.

Dolly Parton Needs No Accolades For Her Love Of Tennessee

Born and raised in the Smoky Mountains, Parton’s been no stranger to singing and fawning over her “Tennessee mountain home.” However, she doesn’t sing about her love for her state: she lives it. She recently donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center that helped develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Many fans voiced excitement and did not seem surprised to hear of a potential statue at the Tennessee Capitol. As a result, in January, Tennessee Rep. John Mark Windle proposed the idea to the legislator. According to Hosue bill HB0135, the statue would be created in order to memorialize Parton for all that she has contributed to Tennessee.

The statute would also be located on the Capitol grounds facing in the direction of the historic Ryman Auditorium.

The bill laid out plans for a separate account known as the Dolly Parton fund. The fund is for the design, construction, and installation of the statue.