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Dayton, Tennessee: Scopes Monkey Trial

Historic courthouse building where attorneys Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan sparred in 1925 over the teaching of evolution in a high school science class. Historical marker out front.

1475 Market St., Dayton, TN
Downtown. The museum and historical marker are on the west side of Hwy 30/Market St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves. The museum is in the basement of the old courthouse. The actual courtroom is upstairs, but it's sometimes in use and not always open to the public.
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Williams Jenning Bryan statue.

Scopes Monkey Trial

There's some serious monkey business up in here.

[Matthew Krist, 07/25/2015]

The "Truth and Eloquence" statue of trial prosecutor William Jennings Bryan is dated 1891 -- the year the courthouse was built; the trial was 34 years later.

Scopes Trial marker.

Scopes Monkey Trial

What a fascinating story...some poor high school teacher sent to prison for teaching science! Gasp! Such a neat place situated in a quaint, little town. But be sure to get there early...the museum closes at 4 p.m.

[Kristie, 04/07/2014]

Scopes Trial historical marker.

Scopes Monkey Trial

The courthouse that had the Scopes Monkey Trial, original condition courtroom, display in the courthouse basement. First national radio broadcast was of the trial. Lawyers Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan were two of the greatest speakers that the court ever had. Bryan died shortly after the trial. Bryan College is nearby in Dayton.

[Tom Coyle, 06/09/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Clarence Darrow StatueClarence Darrow Statue, Dayton, TN - < 1 mi.
William Jennings Bryan Died HereWilliam Jennings Bryan Died Here, Dayton, TN - < 1 mi.
Car-o-lithCar-o-lith, Dayton, TN - 5 mi.
In the region:
Varicolored Veterans of Valor, Harriman, TN - 40 mi.

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