Statue Unveiled In Dayton, Tennessee To Honor Clarence Darrow

DAYTON, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - A statue was unveiled in Dayton, Tennessee Friday in honor of Clarence Darrow, the lawyer who lost the famous Scopes Monkey Trial.

The unveiling didn't go as smoothly as planned, and an umbrella had to be used to slowly get the covering off the statue.

The historic 1925 trial challenged a state law that banned the teaching of evolution in public schools.

His statue now faces a statue of his opponent, William Jennings Bryan, which was erected in 2005.

Many residents feel torn by the decision to honor Darrow.

“I thought this was the Christian area they call the bible belt around here, and thought they would lean more towards the Christian views, but evidently they are not,” says one resident.

“This is history and this shows both sides of history and we have to be respective to both sides," says another.

On April 10, 2012, a bill passed protecting teachers who explore the 'scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses' of evolution and climate change.


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