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A mural created by Nashville based artist Kim Radford is seen on August 19, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. The mural is painted on the wall outside of The 5 Spot, a music venue in East Nashville. (Getty Images)
But among all the love for all, there was a significant number of people who wanted to worship her more precisely because she was refusing the honor. What’s more, they wanted her statues to replace confederacy statues because she truly ‘represented’ the South. One user wrote: “Dolly: Don’t put me on a pedestal. Me: *puts away world’s largest pedestal*. Someday, Dolly.” and then added in another tweet: “Also, replace every single confederate statue, and if you can’t think of a local historical POC, abolitionist, voting rights, civil rights, or LGBT rights hero (try harder), then you can use Dolly.”
Another tweet remarked: “Dolly is the true spirit of the south. Replace all confederate statues with Dolly!”, while one user said: “Update on what should replace all confederate statues bc they’re more relevant and didn’t enslave millions of people: Dolly Parton statues”.
John Mark Windle, a Democratic state representative, had introduced the bill in January to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this state” by erecting the statue for her.
Parton is a lifelong philanthropist. She founded the Imagination Library, which mails books to children under the age of five across the world to improve child literacy, and her recent million-dollar donation to Vanderbilt University helped develop the highly effective Moderna coronavirus vaccine. Her advocacy for racial justice was recently celebrated in a mural in Nashville.
In advocating for the statue, Windle had said: “At this point in history, is there a better example, not just in America but in the world, of a leader that is [a] kind, decent, passionate human being? [She’s] a passionate person who loves everyone, and everyone loves her.”
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