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This petition wants to replace Confederate monuments in Tennessee with statues of Dolly Parton

The Change.org petition had over 16,000 signatures on Wednesday, and the idea was supported by Sen. Ted Cruz

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Dolly Parton at the premiere of “Joyful Noise” in Los Angeles, 2012.

Dolly Parton arrives at the premiere of “Joyful Noise” in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. A petition to replace the statue of a KKK leader in Tennessee with a statue of Parton is gaining support recently.

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A petition calling for Confederate statues in Tennessee to be replaced with “a true Tennessee hero, Dolly Parton,” has gotten the attention and support of celebrities like Henry Winkler and even Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Protests following the death of George Floyd have reignited conversations about statues and monuments that honor Confederate generals and slave traders, with statues in some places being pulled down by protesters, the Associated Press reported.

“Let’s replace the statues of men who sought to tear this country apart with a monument to the woman who has worked her entire life to bring us closer together,” wrote Alex Parsons, who started the petition on Change.org.

Parton is a native Tennessean who is not only a country music icon, but is also known for her charity work, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“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 wrote on Change.org.

The petition had over 16,000 signatures on Wednesday, and had got the attention of Winkler and Cruz, according to EW.

“Dolly is a treasure,” Winkler wrote on Twitter, while Cruz tweeted that the idea was a “win-win.”

This is not the first time that Parton has been suggested as a replacement for Confederate statues in Tennessee. In December, a Republican legislator made the suggestion that a statue of Parton could replace a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in front of the Tennessee Statehouse, according to the New York Times.

Forrest was a former Confederate general and the first grand wizard of the KKK, according to the Times.

More recently, pop star and Tennessee native Taylor Swift called for the removal of Forrest’s statue, as well as other statues honoring Confederate generals, according to EW.

“As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things,” Swift wrote on Twitter. “Edward Carmack and Nathan Bedford Forrest were DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such.”