Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Scopes Trial

Marker ID: THC 2B 23
Location: on North Market Street (Tennessee Route 30), Dayton, TN
County: Rhea
Coordinates: N 35° 29.7    W 085° 0.734
  35.495    -85.01223333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM18T5


Here, from July 10 to 21, 1925, John Thomas Scopes, was tried for teaching that man descended from a lower order of animals, in violation of a lately passed state law. William Jennings Bryan assisted the prosecution; Clarence Darrow, Arthur Garfield Hays and Dudley Field Malone the defense. Scopes was convicted.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.