Rhea County Courthouse
Dayton, TN had the world's attention in July 1925. Spectators, lawyers, jurors and the media packed the second floor of the Rhea County Courthouse to hear two men confront each other over the teaching of evolution. Clarence Darrow defended John T Scopes, a young teacher, after he had violated Tennessee's new anti-evolution law which banned the teaching of anything other than divine creation. The eloquent orator, William Jennings Bryan, prosecuted. In the end Bryan had convinced the jury and Scopes was convicted and fined $100.
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