Petition seeks to replace confederate memorials with Dolly Parton in Tennessee
Historical Confederate monuments are being taken down and defaced from protests over the death of George Floyd. Storyful
As confederate memorials are being taken down nationwide, one petition is calling for them to be replaced with those of "a true Tennessee hero": Change.org petition started by Alex Parsons on June 11 asks Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and the Tennessee State House to replace confederate monuments with statues of the country singer, who "has worked her entire life to bring us closer together."
"Aside from her beautiful music, which has touched the hearts and lives of millions of Americans, Dolly Parton's philanthropic heart has unquestionably changed the world for the better," Parsons wrote on Thursday.
"From the Dollywood foundation that has provided books and scholarships to millions of American children, to the millions of dollars she has donated to dozens of organizations such as the Red Cross and COVID-19 research centers, Dolly Parton has given more to this country and this state than those confederate officers could ever have hoped to take away."
This petition addresses the national debate regarding the removal of confederate memorials across the country following the death of George Floyd. Fellow singer wrote on Friday.
Parsons posted an update to his petition on Sunday, writing that "the confederacy and what it stood for is not worthy of the civic honor those monuments seek to impart.
"The tyranny memorialized in those statues can no longer be allowed to stand, be it removed or replaced by someone worthy of praise, such as Dolly Parton."
The petition now has over 6,600 signatures.