Three men standing in front of Robinson's Drugstore, Dayton, Tennessee

ID: SIA Acc. 10-042 [2009-21072]

Creator: Silverman, William

Form/Genre: Black-and-white negatives

Date: 1925

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-042, Image No. 2009-21072

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Frank Earle Robinson (at right) owned the drugstore where local business leaders persuaded schoolteacher John Thomas Scopes to consent to be charged with violating state law by teaching about evolution. The sign on the tabletop says: "AT THIS TABLE THE SCOPES EVOLUTION CASE WAS STARTED MAY 5, 1925." In the days preceding and during the trial, Robinson, Scopes, and others frequently posed for photographs around the table. The two men at left are possibly Dayton attorneys Ben G. McKenzie and Herbert E. Hicks, who were part of the prosecution team.


  • Robinson, Fred E
  • Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc
  • McKenzie, Ben G
  • Hicks, Herbert E


See also number SPI_6042

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 10-042, Image No. 2009-21072

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  • 1925
  • July 1925

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Black-and-white negatives

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SIA Acc. 10-042 [2009-21072]

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Cellulose nitrate film; 120mm

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