If this petition has its way...

A monument to Confederate soldier and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest could be torn down and replaced by a statue of Dolly Parton.

The controversial soldier fought during the American Civil War, and went on to help found the post-war Ku Klux Klan.

Although he later repudiated the organisation's actions, he remains a highly controversial, hugely polarising figure in American society.

A statue to Nathan Bedford Forrest was unveiled in the Tennessee state capitol in 1978, but has since become the site of protests.

Now a popular petition urges authorities to simply do away with the statue - and replace it with one of Dolly Parton.

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

It adds: “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”.

Sign the petition HERE.

(via CoS)

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