If approved, the statue would be paid for from the “Dolly Parton Fund,” which would include gifts, grants and other donations. The public would also have a say in the design of the statue, according to Windle’s Bill. CNN has reached out to Windle for comment and is awaiting a response.
A Parton sculpture would be a much less controversial addition to the Tennessee State Capitol, which housed Confederate monuments.
Parton has not publicly commented on the proposal. CNN has contacted its representatives and is awaiting a response.
But to feel Parton’s love for his homeland, one need only listen to his 1973 classic about his rural upbringing, “My Tennessee Mountain Home”.
“In my mountain house in Tennessee
Life is as peaceful as a baby’s sigh
In my mountain house in Tennessee
Crickets sing in the fields nearby. “