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A Fresh Perspective On The Scopes Trial
By Michael Edward Miller
Michael Edward Miller
Dayton, TN – This year's Scopes Trial Festival features a new look at the story behind Dayton, Tennessee's most famous court case.
The festival starts on Friday, July 16th, commemorating the 85th anniversary of Rhea County schoolteacher John Scopes being convicted of teaching evolution. Famously--perhaps infamously--the Scopes Trial was the basis for the play and the movie Inherit The Wind. During previous years' festivals, Dayton residents re-enacted the real trial, highlighting what actually happened--how it compared to the Hollywood version.
But last year, Dayton residents started doing it differently.
Tom Davis is one of those residents--a member of the festival's Steering Committee. He joins us to discuss what's new.