November 27, 2022


Art Is Experience

Dolly Parton statue proposed for Tennessee Capitol building

She’d be there for a lot longer than nine to five.

Tennessee state Rep. John Mark Windle proposed Wednesday that a statue of the pioneering place artist and Tennessee indigenous Dolly Parton be erected on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The gesture is meant to honor Parton’s million-dollar donation to the Vanderbilt College Professional medical Center — a reward that aided to develop Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Windle, the statue would also acknowledge the “9 to 5” singer “for all she has contributed to this state.”

The statue would be paid for by the Dolly Parton fund and would deal with the Ryman Auditorium, where by Parton executed numerous periods through her job. The public will also have a say in what the statue seems to be like, in accordance to the proposal.

Parton’s statute would probably be much less controversial than the Capitol’s bust of Accomplice Normal and KKK member Nathan Bedford Forrest, which the Tennessee Condition Capitol Fee attempted to have removed very last summer season. The removal of the Forrest statue was eventually thwarted by a sequence of lawsuits, such as one filed by the team “Sons of Accomplice Veterans.”

Parton has not publicly commented on the proposed statue.