Thousands sign petition to replace Confederate statues in Tennessee with Dolly Parton
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A petition to replace statues of Confederate leaders in Tennessee with country music icon Dolly Parton has attracted more than 5,000 signatures in four days.

“History should not be forgotten, but we need not glamorize those who do not deserve our praise. Instead, let us honor a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” Alex Parsons, who started the petition, wrote. “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.”

“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,” Parsons added.


Numerous Confederate statues have been toppled or removed in recent weeks after protesters defaced them during demonstrations against police brutality and racism that have swept the nation since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. 

A GOP-controlled Senate panel has also advanced an amendment that would rename military bases named after Confederates such as Ft. Hood and Ft. Bragg.

Tennessee, in particular, has been in the spotlight as well, as several of its monuments honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, who ordered the massacre of 300 black soldiers at Fort Pillow during the Civil War and was later a founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

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