Worshipers observing a baptism near Dayton, Tennessee

ID: SIA RU007091 [SIA2008-1130]

Creator: Davis, Watson 1896-1967

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1920s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7091, Science Service Records, Image #SIA2008-1130

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Summary

During the weeks of the Scopes trial, an independent group of Holiness movement followers, who rejected the theory of evolution and other expressions of modernism, camped near Dayton and held services every night. Many of the visiting journalists, scientists, and attorneys had observed the group's nighttime services. On Sunday, July 19, 1925, some of the residents of Defense Mansion, including Arthur Garfield Hays, Frank Thone, and Watson Davis, watched an outdoor baptism service being held in a nearby creek. Davis took eight photographs of the events. This photograph may be the one that E. E. Slosson believed to represent "a woman seized by the power of the spirit and going into convulsions."

Creator

Davis, Watson 1896-1967

Subject

Scopes, John Thomas Trials, litigation, etc

Notes

See also number 7091Davis45

Cite as

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7091, Science Service Records, Image #SIA2008-1130

Date

  • 1925
  • July 19, 1925

Topic

  • Creationism
  • Baptism
  • Evolution

Place

Dayton (Tenn.)

Form/Genre

Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU007091 [SIA2008-1130]

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