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NEW STATUE OF CLARENCE DARROW TO BE UNVEILED IN DAYTON

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In 1925, the famous Scopes “Monkey” Trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee and made national headlines. The event, which pitted two of its’ era’s most famous celebrities, Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan, against each other, was immortalized in songs, books and a play, Inherit The Wind, which became a famous movie. On Friday (7-14) officials will unveil a new statue at the Rhea County Courthouse memorializing Darrow, who was a famous trial lawyer and religious skeptic. It will stand on the opposite side of the statue of Bryan which was erected in 2005. The trial unfolded after teacher John Scopes, a high school teacher, challenged Tennessee’s law that banned teaching evolution in the classroom. Scopes was found guilty but didn’t spend time in jail. Bryan, a three-time Democratic candidate for president, died just five days after the trial ended.


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