Country music legend and Tennessee native Dolly Parton requested state legislators to take away a invoice to erect a statue in her honor on Capitol grounds.
Parton, 75, stated she was “honored and humbled” by the gesture however does not suppose it is the appropriate timing.
“Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” she stated in a statement on Twitter.
In January, state Rep. John Mark Windle, a Democrat, launched a bill to create a statue in Nashville recognizing Parton for “her for all that she has contributed to this state.”
The statue was to be financed by items, grants and donations.
Windle instructed The Chattanooga Times Free Press that his invoice had obtained rather a lot of assist. He credited the backing to not solely Parton’s music however her philanthropy.
“It shocked me the amount of the response we’ve had,” he instructed the outlet in an interview earlier this month, saying that Tennesseans “love Dolly Parton, not just because she’s a great musician. She’s a caring, compassionate and just a decent person. She takes care of her community, she takes care of her state. And she does it selflessly.”
In 2016, the singer’s Dollywood Foundation donated $1,000 a month to households that have been impacted by the Tennessee wildfires. The funds went out for a complete of six months. Earlier this yr, she donated $1 million to fund the coronavirus vaccine.
Parton stated in her Twitter assertion that she is open to having a statue of her erected sooner or later.
“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel like I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean,” she wrote. “In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
Her tweet has been shared 1000’s of instances, with many individuals on social media praising the singer for being selfless.