Scopes Trial Museum & Rhea County Courthouse
The background event which made possible the Scopes Evolution Trial (known then popularly as "The Monkey Trial") in Dayton, Tennessee in July, 1925 was the passing in March of that year of a statute (Acts of 1925, ch.27) by the Tennessee legislature which made it unlawful for any teacher in any educational institution supported by the public school funds "to teach any theory that denies the story of the divine creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man descended from a lower order of animals." The statute further stated that "any teacher violating this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100) not more than five hundred dollars ($500) for each offense."
Visit the site of the famous trial between creationism and evolution, a debate that continues today. The Scopes Trial of 1925, placed a teacher on for teaching evolution in the classroom and has retains a worldwide inerest ever since.
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1475 Market St.
Dayton, TN 37321
Phone: (423) 775-7801
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