Could Dolly Parton Replace a Confederate Soldier Memorial at the Tennessee Capitol?

June 14, 2020

With problematic memorials being dismantled across the country, many are faced with the tough choice of who to replace them with.

In Tennessee, one representative would like to see a statue of a woman take the spot of Confederate soldier and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. But he doesn't want just any woman - he's suggested none other than Dolly Parton, the Tennessean reports.

GOP state Rep. Jeremy Faison had some solid points to make about who should replace Forrest as one of the statues that greets Tennesseans at the Capitol building, saying he could "think of 100 other people deserving of that post."

"If we want to preserve history, then let's tell it the right way. Right now there are eight alcoves [in the Capitol.] Seven are filled with white men. How about getting a lady in there?" he explained.

"My daughter is 16, and I would love for her to come into the Capitol and see a lady up there. What's wrong with Anne Dallas Dudley getting in that alcove? What's wrong with someone like Dolly Parton being put in that alcove?" he continued.

Faison continued on to say that he thinks the statue of Forrest should be removed and immortalized in a museum to teach people of the Fort Pillow massacre.

Parton herself has yet to comment on the suggestion, however, discussions continue across the country about how these reimagined statues should perhaps feature people of color.

Meanwhile, discussions have also been sparked nationwide over the appropriate use of the confederate flag and its imagery.

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