A statue of Clarence Darrow, the lawyer who defended John T. Scopes when he taught evolution in a Tennessee public school, was unveiled in July in front of the Rhea County Courthouse, the site of the famous Scopes “monkey trial,” in Dayton, Tenn.
A statue of Clarence Darrow – the lawyer who famously defended John T. Scopes when he taught evolution in a Tennessee public school – is expected to be unveiled in Rhea County, Tenn., in July.
Darrow’s likeness will square off against that of William Jennings Bryan, the creationist prosecutor who successfully argued Scopes had illegally taught evolution at Dayton High School in 1925.
Bryan’s statue has been located outside the Rhea County Courthouse, the scene of the infamous trial, for a dozen years.
One Tennessee woman has all but thrown down a gauntlet and demanded a duel in opposition to a proposed statue of Clarence Darrow, the attorney who defended teacher John T. Scopes when he taught evolution in a Dayton public school.
Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis is creating the statue, which is scheduled to be dedicated in July at the Rhea County Courthouse – the site of the infamous “Scopes Monkey Trial.”
by Sarah E. Jones
In Dayton, Tenn., William Jennings Bryan stands alone.
Or rather, a version of him does. Since 2005, the Rhea County Courthouse has displayed a solitary Bryan statue honoring his role in the famous “Scopes monkey trial” of 1925. Now, thanks to an idea hatched by an Americans United activist and endorsed by AU and a number of other groups, he may be about to get a new neighbor with a familiar face.
Like something out of a George A. Romero movie, Tennessee lawmakers have revived a scary bill that would open the door to promotion of creationism in public schools.
HB 368 passed the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2011, but went nowhere after that. This year Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson) brought it back, albeit with some minor changes.