State Rep. John Mark Windle proposed such a statue on the property to recognize all the country icon‘s contributions to the state.
The creation and installation of the statue would be funded by “non-state sources” such as “gifts, grants, and other donations,” which will be put into a separate account that will raise money for the development and implementation of the plan, according to Windle’s bill. He proposed a similar plan for the upkeep of the statue after it’s installation.
Furthermore, the artwork will be commissioned and “shall solicit input from the public and other interested parties for purposes of developing the plan, including proposed design concepts for the statue.”
In June, an online petition was filed suggesting that a statue of Parton, 74, replace those dedicated to Confederate officers.
“Tennessee is littered with statues memorializing confederate officers,” the petition reads. “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.”
A Tennessee lawmaker has proposed a statue of Dolly Parton be installed on Capitol grounds. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
The petition cited her music and Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and philanthropy as reasons for her potential recognition.
“Let’s replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together,” the petition reads.
On Wednesday evening, more than 25,000 signatures have been collected.
Recently, the “9 to 5” singer has been praised publicly for her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research, which helped Moderna develop a vaccine that they’ve said is nearly 95% effective, according to the New England Journal of Medicine,
Dolly Parton is widely recognized for her music and acting, but also for her philanthropy, including a large donation to coronavirus research. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
“I’m just happy that anything I do can help somebody else,” she said. “When I donated the money to the COVID[-19] fund I just wanted it to do good and evidently, it is! Let’s just hope we can find a cure real soon.”
A spokesperson for Parton did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The “Christmas on the Square” star also appeared on “The One Show” in the U.K., where she explained that she “just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world,” according to BBC.
However, the singer’s other achievements certainly shouldn’t be overlooked, as she’s considered among country music‘s most influential artists. She’s earned nine Grammys and 50 nominations.
“We were on set and I was at the hot chocolate station and they said go back to your beginning positions,” dancer-actress Talia Hill previously told Inside Edition. “So, there is a vehicle moving and I was walking and then somebody grabbed me and pulled me back and I looked up and it was Dolly Parton and I was like … surprised.”