She made this statement in a post on her Twitter handle, where she wrote: “I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds.
“I am 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.”
The country music queen cited the situation of things in the world as her reason for asking for the withdrawal of the bill.
“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.
The music icon believes that her statue could be erected in the future or after she has passed away provided the legislature still feel that she deserves it, and she will be so proud of it as a grateful Tennessean.
She said: “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 grateful Tennessean.”
However, she promised to continue with her good work so as to make Tennessee proud.
“In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”
Parton, who made her album debut in 1967 with ‘Hello, I’m Dolly’, has 10 Grammy Awards, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
A successful country musician with over 3,000 songs to her credit, and had her 25 songs reached No. 1 on the Billboard country music charts, a record for a female artist set by Reba McEntire.
Parton dabbled into acting and she was starred in films such as ‘9 to 5’ in 1980, and ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ in 1982, for which she earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress, as well as ‘Rhinestone’ in 1984, ‘Steel Magnolias’ in 1989, ‘Straight Talk’ in 1992, and ‘Joyful Noise’ in 2012.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) February 18, 2021