Statues of Dolly Parton to replace Confederate ones

Dolly Parton fans have found an elegant and fun solution to replace Confederate statues and monuments in Tennessee: install statues of the Queen of Country! Started as a joke launched by Alex Parsons, a resident of this southern state, the idea germinated and turned into a petition, which exceeded 16,000 signatures (out of a target of 25,000).

“History should not be forgotten, but we don’t need to honor those who don’t deserve our compliments. Instead, I suggest you honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton. Dolly Parton gave more to this country and to this state than those Confederate officers. Let’s replace the statues of these men who tried to divide the country, with a monument dedicated to a woman who worked all her life to bring us closer, ”he explains in the description of his petitionwhich he intends to file with state authorities.

It’s time

Dolly Parton already has a statue in her hometown, Sevierville, Tennessee, which honored her with a monument in court and has become a tourist attraction in the area. For several months, voices have been raised to demand that a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the first leaders of the Ku Klux Klan, installed in the state capitol, in Nashville, be removed for more than 40 years.

As many statues of Confederate servicemen and historical figures associated with slavery and racism are being torn down across the United States on the sidelines of the Black Lives Matter movement, Alex Parsons’ proposal comes at the right time. Happy coincidence of the calendar, this petition is launched when Dolly Parton has just opened pre-orders for her new book, Songteller: My Life in Lyricswhich will be released next November.



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Statues of Dolly Parton to replace Confederate ones


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