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Dolly Parton politely declines plans to have own statue outside Tennessee Capitol

18 February 2021, 16:18 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Dolly Parton has gracefully turned down the idea of having a statue of herself built outside the Tennessee State Capitol, saying she doesn't think it's "appropriate at this time".

This afternoon (18 February), the country legend shared a statement on socials in which she declined an honour from the Tennessee state legislature.

Parton began her statement by thanking the Tennessee state legislature for their consideration on the statue, and wrote that she is "honored and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration."

She expanded on her decision by adding, "Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time. I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean."

Before signing off, Parton added, "In the meantime, I'll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud."

Parton is undoubtedly deserving of the honour, especially having contributed a huge sum of money towards research for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine last year.

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