Tennessee lawmaker introduces bill to add statue of Dolly Parton to state capitol grounds

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State Rep. John Mark Windle’s legislation calls for the creation of a fund for the design, construction and installation of the statue, which would be added to the Nashville grounds in recognition of Parton’s contributions to her home state. It would be financed by gifts, grants and other donations.

Last year, thousands signed a petition to replace statues of Confederate leaders in Tennessee with the 74-year-old singer-songwriter.

“History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise. Instead, let us honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” Alex Parsons, who started the petition, wrote. “Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton’s philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better.”

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