Rhea County Courthouse

Also known as: Scopes Evolution Trial Courthouse
Market St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves., Dayton, Tennessee

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Description 

From July 10-21, 1925, this was the scene of the controversial and widely-publicized trial of John Thomas Scopes (1901-1970) for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Dayton public school. A battle of wits between two great lawyers--William Jennings Bryan, for the prosecution, and Clarence Darrow, for the defense--the trial symbolized the clash between fundamentalist and modernist thought in science, theology, philosophy, and politics. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 8, 1976

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1972
Reference number
72001251
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Education; Science; Law; Religion; Philosophy
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Building
Historic function
Courthouse
Current function
Government office
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1925

Update Log 

  • July 23, 2010: New Street View added by Eddie Douthitt

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