The Ryman Recognizes Country Music Pioneers With New Statues

NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Two titans of country music and bluegrass were immortalized on Thursday with the installation of life-size statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

The bronze likenesses were commissioned by the Ryman Auditorium in recognition of the 125th Anniversary. Both Monroe and Dickens had a long history with the Ryman, which served as a home for the Grand Ole Opry for much of its history.

The two statues were unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday by Brad Paisley and Ricky Skaggs.

Dickens was a beloved fixture at the Opry, on stage and backstage. He passed away on Jan. 2, 2015. Before his death, he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry.

As well, Monroe was a mainstay on the weekly country music show, serving as an elder statesman of the Opry until his death in 1996.