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  • Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes Monkey Trial
    Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes...
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  • Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes Monkey Trial
    Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes...
    by TravellerMel
  • Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes Monkey Trial
    Rhea Co Courthouse - Site of Scopes...
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    by TravellerMel Written Feb 26, 2012

    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.

    This restored Romanesque Revival-Italian Villa Style courthouse was built in 1891 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Scopes Trial courtroom is on the second floor and contains the original judge's bench, four tables, railing, jury chairs, and spectator seats. Open during courthouse hours - Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    by doug48 Updated Sep 9, 2009

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    pictured is a statue of william jennings bryan on the grounds of the rhea county courthouse. william jennings bryan was a famous american orator and politician. bryan unsucessfully ran for president of the united states in 1896, 1900, and 1908. bryan was the u. s. secretary of state during the woodrow wilson adminstration. in 1925 bryan won a "conviction" in the famous scopes "monkey" trial in dayton.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 9, 2009

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    the 1925 scopes trial museum is located in the basement of the rhea county courthouse. the museum has a collection of photographs, trial records, and the microphone that covered the trial. a very interesting museum to visit to learn about this famous early 20 th century event.

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