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Rhea County Clerk, Dayton

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Historic Site Landmark
The Rhea County Courthouse, located in Dayton, Tennessee was the scene of the Scopes Trial of July 1925, in which teacher John T. Scopes faced charges for including Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in his public school lesson. The trial became a clash of titans between the lawyers William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution and Clarence Darrow for the defense, and epitomizes the tension between fundamentalism and modernism in a wide range of aspects of American society.Rhea County MuseumA $1-million project which restored the second-floor courtroom to the way it looked during the Scopes trial was completed in 1979. The Rhea County Museum, also called the Scopes Trial Museum, is located in its basement and contains such memorabilia as the microphone used to broadcast the trial, trial records, photographs, and an audiovisual history of the trial. Every July local people re-enact key moments of the trial in the courtroom. In front of the courthouse stands a commemorative plaque erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission: 2B 23 THE SCOPES TRIAL
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  • Not many people remember or know about the Scopes' Trial (John T. Scopes v. State of Tennessee) that took place at this courthouse in 1925, but it was a national event (first court case to be publiciz...  more »
  • We were trying to find a place to eat and saw the sign that the Scopes trial happened here. The museum was quite informative and the court room is the same where 1000 people crammed into an unaircondi...  more »
  • Courthouse where scopes monkey trial occurred. Courthouse is in style of the day unable to see or comment on interior and what displays they may or may not have because it was a weekend and building w...  more »