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Dolly Parton says 'thanks, but no thanks' to a statue of her at the Tennessee capitol

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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attends MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Dolly Parton has told Tennessee lawmakers that actually, no, she doesn't want a statue of her erected at the Tennessee Capitol.

(CNN)Dolly Parton has told Tennessee lawmakers that actually, no, she doesn't want a statue of her erected at the Tennessee Capitol.

Earlier this year, a Tennessee representative proposed the statue idea to honor Parton for her contributions to the state.

Fittingly, the statue would have faced Ryman Auditorium, a venue which, throughout her career, has become "something of a second home" for Parton.

But Dolly said no.

"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," she tweeted.

Parton's roots in Tennessee run deep.

Parton has been a beacon of hope to many, especially in 2020.

The statue would have stood where Confederate monuments have

According to the bill, the statue's design would've been informed by the public's opinion, and funded by the "Dolly Parton fund," which includes grants and donations.

In June 2020, Tennessee historians moved to remove a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan member -- from Capitol grounds.

"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," Parton wrote.

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